JOHANNESBURG – The coalition governing the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is hanging by a thread because of the removal of Mongameli Bobani.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has threatened to pull out of the coalition in the metro if Bobani is not reinstated by Monday.
Holomisa says his party can no longer work with DA mayor Athol Trollip.
The DA accuses Bobani of corruption and hampering service delivery.
Trollip said he would not submit to Holomisa’s threats.
He accused Bobani of having destabilised the metro for the past eight months.
But Holomisa disagrees, saying the matter is personal rather than political.
Despite Holomisa’s threats, political analyst Ongama Mtimka believes the DA still has the upper hand over the UDM.
“The UDM is weakened and it’s moving from a weakened position because if you have to use your power of pulling out of a coalition then it means your power is no longer effective.”
Coalition partners the ACDP and COPE say they stand by the DA’s decision not to reinstate Bobani as he has violated the co-governance agreement.
The EFF has refused to vote with the coalition, saying the DA needs to change its attitude towards small parties and stop using bullying tactics against the UDM.
The Patriotic Alliance party said it knew the motion of no confidence against Bobani it proposed wouldn’t be an easy ride.
“There was absolutely no security from any party that the motion would carry but it was important,” said Patriotic Alliance provincial leader Marlon Daniels.
“If you fall for everything you’re never going to stand for anything. We just needed to stand as the PA and say: ‘Dynamite comes in small packages. … The Patriotic Alliance will stand up and make it known to the rest of the country that we cannot continue with impulses between the mayor and the deputy mayor at the expense of the residents of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.”