In a press statement the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality said: The 60 councillors that voted today for the motion of No Confidence in the Deputy Executive Mayor Cllr Mongameli Bobani did so based on the fact that he has consistently voted against this coalition government.
There is a co-governance agreement that guides our coalition, all issues that have arisen that have caused division have been dealt with with all participating parties over a period of 8 months.
When coalition partners vote consistently against the coalition we for all intents and purposes do not have a coalition, especially if the said person votes and caucuses with the opposition.
The motion of No Confidence has been on the agenda for a long time now and everyone knew it would be debated.
Today, Cllr Marlon Daniels put the motion, seconded by Cllr Nqaba Bhanga. The ANC, EFF and the AIC all participated in the debate then when the position was put they proceeded to walk out.
However, as far as we are concerned, once they participated in the debate they were part of the debate.
Their decision to walk out was of their own choice.
The vote happened whilst many councillors were still in the chamber.
The decision to remove the Deputy Executive Mayor was purely based on the individual and not the party he represents, the UDM. As such, we are looking forward to taking this Municipality to greater heights as Coalition partners.
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