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DA’s Port Elizabeth Mayor Athol Trollip has survived a motion of no confidence held earlier this afternoon in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
The beleaguered leader was under fire from the ANC, after the DA-led Municipality lost its majority in council. Mayor Athol Trollip had spent months sparring with his own Deputy Mayor and coalition partner from the UDM. The Deputy Mayor was eventually removed via a no confidence vote, and the DA supported the motion.
Motion of No Confidence fails to dislodge Mayor
However, the shoe was placed firmly on the other foot when the ANC successfully lobbied for a no confidence vote. Their motion of no confidence relied heavily on the EFF.
The red berets played kingmaker for the vote. However, they have decided to support the DA on this occasion.
BREAKING NEWS: Athol Trollip remains mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, after surviving a vote of no confidence. pic.twitter.com/bGBSEe2cHy
— eNCA (@eNCA) November 30, 2017
How many votes did Trollip get?
Of the 119 voters, 65 voted against the motion and backed Trollip, whereas 54 voted in favour of the motion in a bid to oust the Mayor.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor must now focus on leading his municipality back to a semblance of normality. His rather public spat with the UDM’s Mongameli Bobani resulted in his coalition partner and deputy mayor facing the boot from public office, following a very similar vote against him.
Who wants Athol Trollip voted out?
The motion against Trollip was brought forward by the Patriotic Alliance’s Marlon Daniels. When he was passed over for the deputy mayor vacancy, he dramatically turned on the DA-led local government and aligned himself with Bobani.
However, the pair were unable to force Mr Trollip out of office, despite unanimous backing from ANC councillors. The EFF had previously stated they would only back the no confidence vote if there was enough ‘compelling evidence’.
Alas, that never came, and Athol lives to fight another day in Nelson Mandela Bay.