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DA wants by-elections held soonest after its former NMB Councillors lose appeal

Feb 19, 2019
DA wants by-elections held soonest after its former NMB Councillors lose appeal

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape says it welcomes the fact that two of its former Nelson Mandela Bay Ward Councillors, "who last year 'betrayed' the trust and wishes of the people of this City, were given a proverbial 'blood nose' in the Port Elizabeth High Court".

"Trevor Louw (Ward 35) and Neville Higgins (Ward 37) had their applications for leave to appeal an earlier judgment terminating their positions as councillors, and members of the DA, dismissed with costs," said DA Eastern Cape leader, Nqaba Bhanga.

"Higgins and Louw had their DA membership terminated in September 2018 after they turned their backs on the party and the Nelson Mandela Bay electorate by siding with the ANC-led coalition of corruption."

'DA insists that the Municipal Manager and MEC must act'

Louw and Higgins signalled their intentions to leave the DA last year after defying a party orderand attending a Council Meeting following the dramatic ouster of the DA-led coalition government that had led the Bay since the 2016 Local Government Elections.

Bhanga said that the Municipal Manager must now heed the judgment of the court and go ahead with by-elections in Ward 35 and Ward 37.

"We have today contacted the IEC at their National head offices to impress upon them to take heed of the Constitutional Court judgement regarding the holding of by-elections within 90 days of the declaration of a vacancy," he added.

"The DA is ready to retake these wards and return to government in Nelson Mandela Bay."

Bhanga said that under the African National Congress (ANC) - United Democratic Movement (UDM) - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) "coalition of corruption" the Municipality is now floundering because of seriously compromised leadership, corrupt activities and patent lack of capacity shown by those in leadership in this failing coalition.

"The DA led coalition government showed what was possible to achieve in two short years in government and we remain resolute that only a DA government can fight corruption, create fair access to jobs and speed up basic service delivery in Nelson Mandela Bay."

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