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Patriotic Alliance again dumps DA coalition now supporting Bobani

Sep 13, 2018
Patriotic Alliance again dumps DA coalition now supporting Bobani

While the Democratic Alliance (DA) coalition awaits judgement on its legal bid to have the election of the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM), Mongameli Bobani, as new Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor two weeks ago, declared null and void, it suffered another embarrassment.

Coalition partner, the Patriotic Alliance (PA) once again dumped the DA-led coalition citing unhappiness over how certain sections of the Bay reacted to Bobani’s election.

Ironnically, it was Daniels, who set in motion the removal of Bobani as Deputy Mayor last year.

He subsequently took over Bobani's Public Health portfolio, before the PA changed its mind and left the DA coalition

The two later said that they had let by-gones be by-gones when they sought the removal of Trollip in November last year.

That time, Trollip was saved by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

This year, Bobani and Daniels again found themselves on opposite sides.

The PA’s Marlon Daniels, became the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s MMC for Roads and Transport through a deal that was struck between the PA and the DA-led coalition when Trollip faced a motion of confidence.

Then the PA joined opposition parties - the ANC, the UDM, the EFF, the African Independent Congress (AIC), and the United Front (UF), that supported the bid to oust Trollip and the entire DA-led coalition.

It dumped the opposition parties at the last minute after failing to resolve differences with the EFF.

Daniels was ousted when the DA-led coalition was kicked out of office on the 27th of August.

On Thursday that his party had decided to no longer support the DA’s legal challenge to Bobani’s African National Congress (ANC)-dominated administration.

The announcement came as proceedings got underway in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

Their legal challenge is based on Section 36(3) of the Municipal Structures Act (117 of 1998), which states that, “The municipal manager of the municipality or, if the municipal manager is not available, a person designated by the MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs in the province, presides over the election of a speaker”.

"After City Manager, Johann Mettler, left the chamber having declared that the meeting did not quorate, Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, erroneously invoked Section 36(3) and designated an individual to preside over one item: The election of a Speaker," the parties argue.

"It is an undisputed truth that the City Manager, Johann Mettler, was in fact at all times available and remained so for the full duration of this unlawfully convened continuation of said council meeting.

"As such, the election of a new Speaker, the subsequent passing of a Motion of No Confidence in the Executive Mayor, the election of a new Executive Mayor and the election of a Deputy Executive Mayor, were all illegal and invalid."

In his statement, Daniels explained that the PA initially supported the DA coalition’s court action on the basis of a legal opinion sought by the DA that showed that Xasa could have overstepped his mandate.

Daniels described; "In our analysis, the motion of no confidence played out in an unfortunate manner, particularly for the DA, but we no longer feel there is a strong enough basis to challenge it, either in law or from a political perspective.”

He said that the PA feels that Bobani’s administration should be given an opportunity to show what it can do for Nelson Mandela Bay residents.

Daniels added that the PA has always expressed its concerns about the provision of services to the poor in Nelson Mandela Bay.

“Our people continue to suffer under the scourge of crime (as exemplified by the latest crime stats, which were damning about our metro), poverty, unemployment and lack of services," he described.

"Mayor Bobani has made big promises that his administration will be working to rectify this situation and improve the city. We hope our action of accepting the new government will bring much-needed peace for the people of the metro".

Daniels also said that the reactions by certain sections of society after the election of Mongameli Bobani to office suggested that certain people felt that black people cannot govern.

"In our view the many complaints regarding the old coalition from the black caucus parties and the threats from certain sections of the community to withhold their rate payments were not entirely without basis.”

Daniels emphasized that the PA had then decided and was calling on other parties, residents, and stakeholders to give Bobani’s administration a chance and to hold them accountable.

While the Democratic Alliance (DA) coalition awaits judgement on its legal bid to have the election of the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM), Mongameli Bobani, as new Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor two weeks ago, declared null and void, it suffered another embarrassment.

Coalition partner, the Patriotic Alliance (PA) once again dumped the DA-led coalition citing unhappiness over how certain sections of the Bay reacted to Bobani’s election.

Ironnically, it was Daniels, who set in motion the removal of Bobani as Deputy Mayor last year. The two later said that they had let by-gones be by-gones when they sought the removal of Trollip in November last year.

That time, Trollip was saved by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

This year, Bobani and Daniels again found themselves on opposite sides.

The PA’s Marlon Daniels, became the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s MMC for Roads and Transport through a deal that was struck between the PA and the DA-led coalition when Trollip faced a motion of confidence.

Then the PA joined opposition parties - the ANC, the UDM, the EFF, the African Independent Congress (AIC), and the United Front (UF), that supported the bid to oust Trollip and the entire DA-led coalition.

It dumped the opposition parties at the last minute after failing to resolve differences with the EFF.

Daniels was ousted when the DA-led coalition was kicked out of office on the 27th of August.

On Thursday that his party had decided to no longer support the DA’s legal challenge to Bobani’s African National Congress (ANC)-dominated administration.

The announcement came as proceedings got underway in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

Their legal challenge is based on Section 36(3) of the Municipal Structures Act (117 of 1998), which states that, “The municipal manager of the municipality or, if the municipal manager is not available, a person designated by the MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs in the province, presides over the election of a speaker”.

"After City Manager, Johann Mettler, left the chamber having declared that the meeting did not quorate, Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, erroneously invoked Section 36(3) and designated an individual to preside over one item: The election of a Speaker," the parties argue.

"It is an undisputed truth that the City Manager, Johann Mettler, was in fact at all times available and remained so for the full duration of this unlawfully convened continuation of said council meeting.

"As such, the election of a new Speaker, the subsequent passing of a Motion of No Confidence in the Executive Mayor, the election of a new Executive Mayor and the election of a Deputy Executive Mayor, were all illegal and invalid."

In his statement, Daniels explained that the PA initially supported the DA coalition’s court action on the basis of a legal opinion sought by the DA that showed that Xasa could have overstepped his mandate.

Daniels described; "In our analysis, the motion of no confidence played out in an unfortunate manner, particularly for the DA, but we no longer feel there is a strong enough basis to challenge it, either in law or from a political perspective.”

He said that the PA feels that Bobani’s administration should be given an opportunity to show what it can do for Nelson Mandela Bay residents.

Daniels added that the PA has always expressed its concerns about the provision of services to the poor in Nelson Mandela Bay.

“Our people continue to suffer under the scourge of crime (as exemplified by the latest crime stats, which were damning about our metro), poverty, unemployment and lack of services," he described.

"Mayor Bobani has made big promises that his administration will be working to rectify this situation and improve the city. We hope our action of accepting the new government will bring much-needed peace for the people of the metro".

Daniels also said that the reactions by certain sections of society after the election of Mongameli Bobani to office suggested that certain people felt that black people cannot govern.

"In our view the many complaints regarding the old coalition from the black caucus parties and the threats from certain sections of the community to withhold their rate payments were not entirely without basis.”

Daniels emphasized that the PA had then decided and was calling on other parties, residents, and stakeholders to give Bobani’s administration a chance and to hold them accountable.

On Wednesday, the ANC claimed that more DA councillors were going to jump ship

Under the current circumstances, even if the DA coalition were to win their legal challenge, it will have a hard time holding onto power, given that its numbers in Council have dwindled.