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DA guns for Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, but can they succeed?

Feb 27, 2019
DA guns for Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, but can they succeed?

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape is expected to lead a picket for the removal of Buffalo City Metro Executive Mayor, Xola Pakati, in East London, on Wednesday.

"The DA tabled the motion last month and it is set down to be debated during a BCM Council Meeting," said Norman Silke, DA Eastern Cape Communications Manager.

He said that the motion for Pakati's removal is because he apparently failed to deal with a violent strike by Buffalo City Municipality workers last year.

"Mayor Pakati was unable to deal with the recent South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) strike in BCM and the Metro continues to face serious financial and governance issues," Silke explained.

"Only a DA government can fight corruption, speed up basic service delivery and build One South Africa for All."

The strike only ended after the Buffalo City Municipality struck a deal with SAMWU that would cost the municipality around R200 million.

Motion of no confidence against Buffalo City Metro Mayor likely to fail

On paper, Pakati's African National Congress (ANC) Eastern Cape looks very likely to defeat the motion. The ANC enjoys a 58.7% majority - or 60 seats, to the DA's 23.4% (24 seats) in the 100-seat council.

The DA needs smaller parties like the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), with eight seats, and the African Independent Congress (AIC), with its four seats, as well as the United Democratic Movement (UDM), Congress of the People (COPE), Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) - all with a seat each, to support the DA's motion.

It seems unlikely some of these parties will side with the DA.

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