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New Mayor Bobani locked out of Mayor's office - addressing media on developments

Aug 28, 2018
New Mayor Bobani locked out of Mayor's office - addressing media on developments

Newly-elected Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, and his new Mayoral Committee are currently addressing a press briefing after Bobani arrived on Tuesday morning only to find the Mayor's office locked.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is also expected to announce how it plans to respond to its ouster on Monday after the party's Athol Trollip was voted out in absentia.

Speaking just after his election on Monday night, Bobani, who is also the Regional Chairperson of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) said that he wanted everyone in his Mayoral Committee to start working immediately.

The DA Eastern Cape leader, Bhanga, says Trollip is still legally the Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay.

He said that the African National Congress (ANC), which now constitutes over 90% of Bobani's Mayoral Committee, the UDM and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) had banded together in an unholy alliance to plunder Nelson Mandela Bay through an illegal Council seating that was engineered by Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CogTA), Fikile Xasa.

Still, a political analyst, Ongama Mtimka said that what happened on Monday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality council is in the Municpal Structures Act.

The Municipal Manager, Johann Mettler, had dissolved the Council meeting for seven days saying that there was no quorum because the DA's Cllr Victor Manyathi was not recognized as a councilor after he was suspended from the party.

"What the MMC did is legal because when the Speaker of the Council's seat is no longer occupied, then the MM may occupy that seat until a new Speaker is identified.

"Also the MEC [for CoGTA] is in his full right to do the duty of the MM when the MM is not available," Mtimka described.

He added that in order for the DA to challenge the procedures taken in the council on Monday, they must prove that the MM was available and Xasa overstepped.

More to follow...