Coalition partner the ACDP’s supporters were also in the crowd.
Other posters read: “Keep your hands off our Mayor.”
Newly elected Eastern Cape DAWN chairwoman and councillor Georgina Faldtman also spoke at the event and said residents had voted the ANC out of office because they were fed up.
“Nobody said it’s going to be easy. We did not promise to fix problems over night but we had something on our hands.
“On August 3‚ 2016‚ the people of this city gave us the mandate to govern‚” Faldtman said.
Faldtman read a list of what the DA claims to have achieved since coming into power in 2016.
ACDP councillor Lance Grootboom said the coalition had so far been saved by a third party – God.
“Whenever there’s a gathering like this‚ the people always shout ‘Amandla’ (power)‚ but I want to shout ‘amandla kaThixo (power of God)’.
“What happens when the power of the people is running out? We have to draw power from a different government which is God‚” Grootboom said.
“We came together today because we want to save Nelson Mandela Bay from slipping into the hands of the ANC; we don’t want this city to slip back into the hands of corrupt officials‚” Grootboom said.
“This city was stolen by the previous administration because some leaders were interested in looting the coffers of this centre‚” Grootboom said.
“We can’t give this city back to a corrupt ANC‚” Grootboom said.
“It is disturbing that the EFF wants to return the city back to the ANC. It is disturbing that their reasoning is because the mayor is a white man‚” Grootboom said.
“Tomorrow we are going to succeed in that motion‚ we will honour God‚” Grootboom said.