“New members shows NMB residents are tired of ANC” - Trollip


Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader, and Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, has described the defecting of some 200 former African National Congress (ANC), Congress of the People (Cope) and Agang SA members to the official opposition, as a clear indication that residents “have had enough of the ruling party”.

Addressing the new members and party officials at the Khayamnandi Community Hall outside Despatch on Tuesday, Trollip said the Metro, under Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan, had made little progress in improving the lives of communities in the Uitenhage, Despatch, Daleview and KwaNobuhle areas, adding that the walkover is evident of government’s “arrogance not to listen to people with legitimate issues”.

“Mayor Jordaan’s decision this week, to not respond to anyone who approaches him from outside of council is a disgraceful rejection of the very real concerns of the 1.1 million people living in Nelson Mandela Bay,” Trollip said.

“The members who crossed to the DA today have had enough of Mayor Jordaan’s closed-door policy, distant governance and arrogant politics. The Mayor and his administration have declined to provide information to the South African Human Rights Comission and to visit Walmer Township with me this week which is pure arrogance, and is ignoring the sanitation needs of this forgotten community”.

Referring to his recent 60 wards in 60 days campaign, Trollip stated that the overwhelming reaction from residents is proof that “change is needed in Nelson Mandela Bay”.

“No Municipal Manager has finished their term, unemployment is the highest of all the Metro’s in the country, and many residents still don’t have proper sanitation,” he said.

“We cannot continue living in the past. These new members came to the DA in their freewill, and further illustrates that momentum is building behind the DA in the run-up to next year’s elections”.