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EFF in the Nelson Mandela Bay happy with Bobani-led administration

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 8, 2018
EFF in the Nelson Mandela Bay happy with Bobani-led administration

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on Thursday said that they are happy the Democratic Alliance's (DA), Athol Trollip, is no longer Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor.

Trollip was ousted following the dramatic events that happened at Council at the end of August.

The Regional Chairperson of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), Mongameli Bobani, who was once Trollip’s Deputy, before they fell out, was elected as the new Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

Bobani subsequently announced an African National Congress (ANC) dominated Mayoral Committee – bringing back the ANC into power, just two years after it was defeated by the DA during the 2016 Local Government Elections.

Trollip challenged his removal through the courts, but the Port Elizabeth High Court later ruled that his ousting had been done by the book.

Speaking for the EFF, Luvuyo Ponase, said that the party was happy with the progress made by the new administration to date.

The EFF currently supports the ruling coalition. Ironically, the EFF got the Metro’s Municipal Public Accounts Committee Chaireperson’s osition after saving Trollip from a motion of no confidence brought against him by the UDM and the PA in November last year.

Ponase said that, as the EFF, they always lobbied for the poor in the Metro, to be at the centre of the Metro’s programmes – which he said was not the situation under the former DA-led administration.

He said that the EFF remains committed to the current administration in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, describing it as "pro poor and is dedicated to the upliftment of the people of the Bay in general and black disadvantaged masses in particular”.

"We are confident that after the removal of Athol Trollip administration, we have managed the overthrow of the neo-liberal anti-black municipality, which was a serving the interests of the white minority at the expense of the poor and exploited masses of our people."

Ponase said that the EFF in the Bay aims to "establish and sustain a society that cherishes revolutionary cultural values and create conditions for total political and economic emancipation, prosperity and equitable distribution of the wealth of our municipality for the entire Bay and we firmly believe the current administration can best advance these interests."

Motions against Mongameli Bobani

While the EFF has chosen not to join the ANC-led coalition that is running the Bay, Ponase said that this so that the party can play a “watchdog” role in the Metro and ensure that the current coalition fulfils its responsibilities to local residents.

Reflecting on motions brought against Bobani by the DA and its partners, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and the Congress of the People (COPE), last week, Ponase said that the EFF in the Bay will not support any motion which might "distabilise the current administration in its programme of uplifting the lives of our people who direly need this development and services."

"Finally, the EFF calls on the unity of all coalition partners in making sure that this administration is kept intact and seeds of division are not given the fertile ground to rear their ugly head and leave the agenda of uplifting black people unattained.”

The EFF still warned the current coalition government to not abuse its authority, to not seek to enrich individuals or fan factional agendas, but to work with other parties in advancing the interests of the residents of the Metro.

"Unity is the glue that holds society together. Therefore, we will work tirelessly to advance the unity of progressive forces," he concluded.

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