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DA Nelson Mandela Bay in court bid to dismiss its three rogue Councillors

Nov 27, 2018
DA Nelson Mandela Bay in court bid to dismiss its three rogue Councillors

Update: The matter has been postopned to Wednesday by the Port Elizabeth High Court due to its busy schedule.


The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Nelson Mandela Bay is expected on Tuesday to launch a civil case in the Port Elizabeth High Court were it intends to be granted permission to dismiss three of its rogue Councillors.

The three rouge Councillors are Victor Manyathi, Trevor Louw and Neville Higgins.

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 Nelson Mandela Bay has concluded internal procedures against the three rogue Councillors

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.

Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, the DA’s Retief Odendaal, said that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality – through its City Manager, and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) could be cited as respondents for interfering with the operations of an independent political party.

Odendaal said that internal party disciplinary procedures against Manyathi, Louw and Higgins have been concluded and the DA was now ready to have the court terminate their membership.

Image: Councillor Victor Manyathi

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