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DA confident it will win case against its rogue Councillors

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 27, 2018
DA confident it will win case against its rogue Councillors

A case in which the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Nelson Mandela Bay is seeking to terminate the membership of three rogue councillors was postponed to Wednesday afternoon by the Port Elizabeth High Court.

The DA briefly appeared at the Port Elizabeth High Court on Tuesday pending their case against their three councillors - Victor Manyathi, Trevor Louw and Neville Higgins.

The DA Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga told reporters on Monday at a press conference that he hopes that the case will go well.

“We cannot have three individuals who don’t even sit in the DA caucus who sit with the ANC, but who continue to represent the DA party," he described.

Manyathi is accused of helping the then opposition parties oust the then DA-led coalition government and former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip.

The DA tried to get rid of Manyathi – and even appointed his replacement, but the Port Elizabeth High Court ruled that procedure had not been followed and that he was still a DA councillor until the day he chooses to resign from the party.

While he remains a DA Councillor on the books, Manyathi has often sat with African National Congress (ANC) Councillors at Council Meetings much to the annoyance of the DA.

The trouble with Louw and Higgins began when the DA and its coalition partners announced that they will boycott the first Council meeting since the ousting of Trollip, which they labelled as 'illegitimate'.

However, two DA councillors showed up to everyone's surprise, one with a letter notifying the Council of his intention to resign from the DA – perhaps giving credibility to Manyathi’s claims that many Councillors wanted to leave the DA.

'DA rogue Councillors will have to pay for the legal fees if they lose the case'

As expected, the DA said it will take swift action against the two Councillors - Trevor Louw and Neville Higgins, for defying the party’s order to boycott that Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Council meeting.

It appears the DA no longer wants anything to do with its rogue Councillors – understandably so, because it cannot guarantee itself enough numbers within its own ranks as it launches another bid to remove Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Mongameli Bobani.

Bhanga added that in winning the court case, Manyathi, Louw and Higgins will have to pay for the court fees instead of the taxpayers.

“The people who fail to implement the administrative actions as far as declaring the vacancies those people will have to pay and we will make sure that it’s not the tax payers who will pay the court fees,” he described.

The case is expected to continue on Wednesday at 14:00.

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