As the Democratic Alliance we note the judgment handed down in the Port Elizabeth High Court. We respect the outcome and decision of the court.
Today is a dark day for Nelson Mandela Bay and its people who are now led by a coalition of the corrupt.
The UDM and EFF handed the City back to the failing ANC, which has no interest in the people.
The ANC is only interested in maximum looting and minimum delivery and not putting the people of NMB first. The UDM and EFF put their political interests first and care nothing for the well-being of the people of NMB.
In 2017 we said we cannot work with the UDM and we cannot work with Cllr Mongameli Bobani. We were prepared then to go into a minority government, because we were not prepared to compromise our principles.
In 2016 the voters of NMB removed the corrupt and failing ANC from office and placed their trust in the DA.
We will now fight from the opposition benches and hold this government to account. From the opposition benches we will ensure that corruption is stopped, access to jobs is opened and services are delivered.
Only the DA can make sure that we keep making progress in Nelson Mandela Bay.
DA Eastern Cape Provincial Leader and EC Premier Candidate
This morning the Eastern Cape High Court dismissed Athol Trollip’s urgent application to overturn his ousting as the mayor leaving the UDM’s Mongameli Bobani in charge of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality
Last month, council passed a motion of no confidence in Trollip.
Trollip, the DA and their coalition partners then took the matter to court.
After Judgement was handed down Trollip said; “We respect the rule of law, so we respect the judgment and go back to the benches of the opposition. We made three promises in the election; that we’d stop corruption, grow the economy and improve service delivery. We can still do two of those. We can still stop corruption by being in the benches of the opposition. We can improve service delivery from the opposition benches but growing the economy to create jobs is going to be impossible because we’ve seen that the ANC can’t do that.”
A key issue was whether DA councillor Mbulelo Manyati’s membership ceased after he abstained during a vote, which saw Speaker Jonathan Lawack also being kicked out in the motion.
The judge found that Manyati was still a DA councillor until he resigned.
“We were disappointed that the judgment was based on a technicality around the membership of councillor Manyati, who sold us out in a council meeting and crossed the floor to sit in the benches of the ANC, and now the ruling says that he was still a member at that time. So we’ll have to look at our internal processes to ensure that this doesn’t happen in the future as its clear that there are people who are up for sale,” concluded Trollip.
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