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Latest bid to oust Trollip to be debated next week, opposition no longer has numbers

Aug 8, 2018
Latest bid to oust Trollip to be debated next week, opposition no longer has numbers

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Council Speaker, Jonathan Lawack, has declined a request by opposition parties to hold a special Council Meeting this Friday in order to debate the fate of Athol Trollip as Executive Mayor.

The six opposition parties, the African National Congress (ANC), the United Democratic Movement (UDM), the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the African Independent Congress (AIC), the United Front (UF) and the Patriotic Alliance (PA) also want the entire Democratic Alliance (DA) led Mayoral Committee out.

Lawack's reason for refusing the parties' request, which was lodged on Friday last week, is that they did not allow for a five days notice, as is required by Council rules.

He has since scheduled the requested council meeting for the 16th August.

Still, it is not clear if the vote of no confidence in Trollip will succeed after the EFF broke rank and said they will no longer participate after current Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Mayoral Committee member for Roads and Transport, Marlon Daniels, of the Patriotic Alliance (PA), was nominated as a possible replacement for Trollip.

According to UDM national leader, Bantu Holomisa, and Gayton Mckenzie, who is the leader of the PA, an understanding was reached that Daniels would take the mayoral position while the UDM's Regional Chairperson, Mongameli Bobani, will bounce back into his previous position as Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Deputy Executive Mayor.

Ironically, it was Daniels, who set in motion the removal of Bobani as Deputy Mayor last year. The two later said that they had let by-gones be by-gones when they sought the removal of Trollip in November last year.

This year, they again found themselves on opposite sides as the PA struck a deal with the Democratic Alliance (DA) coalition, which saved Trollip after another motion of no confidence was brought against him.

However, the EFF, which saved Trollip in November last year, released a statement on Tuesday stating that they will never hand over the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to "thugs".

"Our hatred for racism will not manipulate us to vote a party of unrepentant fraudsters. EFF will never give the city of Nelson Mandela Bay to thugs. If there is no worthy candidate from opposition benches, then the EFF will not participate," the EFF described.

The party added that they still support the removal of Trollip as the mayor.

Without the EFF's six votes, the opposition motion can be easily defeated by the DA coalition,  which includes the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and the Congress of the People (COPE).

The coalition has 59 seats at Council combined, while the opposition parties now have 55 votes - hence, the EFF's six votes are needed if the opposition wants to secure the 61-vote majority in the 120-seat council.