The Democratic Alliance-led coalition government in Nelson Mandela Bay is facing its biggest battle to date, after a high-level delegation of senior members from the City’s opposition parties met on Thursday to discuss removing the coalition from power.
Key among those in attendance was the Patriotic Alliance (PA) and its leader, Gayton McKenzie, indicated that the second alliance with the DA had come to an end.
Also in attendance were the ANC’s Faith Muthambi, EFF secretary general Godrich Gardee, African Independent Congress (AIC) general secretary Mahlubi Jafta, the United Front’s Zanoxolo Wayile and United Democratic Movement regional leader Mongameli Bobani.
Together, these parties have a 61-seat majority in the 120-seat council and would therefore be able to pass any motions tabled.
DA coalition to be removed
The meeting, which was confirmed by several members who attended, has resolved to remove the DA-led opposition.
It was also confirmed that the minority parties in attendance had been called on to submit which leadership positions they would want under the new coalition government – an indication that the ANC did not want to be at the helm in the build up to next year’s general elections.
Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip said he could not comment on a meeting that he was not a part of.
“We have an electoral mandate, which we will respect and honour till the last second. We will not go without a fight,” he said.
Shaky alliance crumbles, again
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