Fireworks could be expected on Tuesday when the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Council reconvenes after the collapse of a special Council meeting on Thursday owing to an apparent disagreement between Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip and his Deputy, Mongameli Bobani, over the fate of Municipal Manager, Johann Mettler.
The disagreement seemed to add credence to rumours that the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led coalition that ousted the African National Congress (ANC) in last year’s Local Government Elections is itself about to implode. Both Trollip and Bobani denied this.
On Monday, the ANC in the Bay reportedly indicated that it would table a motion of no confidence against Mayor Trollip, for what it previously called “incompetent and amateurish leadership”.
However, the DA hit back calling the announcement cheap politicking as the ANC is required to give prior notice of intention to move a motion of no confidence against either the Mayor, Deputy Mayor or Speaker.
After the collapse of Thursday’s meeting, the ANC called upon the Council of Nelson Mandela Bay to quickly convene a Council meeting to “elect a new Executive Mayor and Speaker who will immediately lead in stabilizing the Metro”.
“We have engaged all political parties in Council who share our agenda of changing the lives of our people to form a new Coalition government so that we speed up service delivery and bring stability in the Metro,” Gift Ngqondi, ANC Nelson Mandela Bay Region Regional Spokesperson, following the failed meeting.
“Most politcal parties in Council agreed with us that we cannot fold our arms and abdicate our political responsibility in representing our constituencies when DA is meesing up our Metro,” said .
“Since the local government elections in August 2016, governance and service delivery in this Metro has collapsed.
“This clearly shows the inability of the DA to govern this municipality.”
Ngqondi said that the DA had been clueless in fulfilling their governance obligations for its first 100 days.
“As a result, the executive under this administration could not address the community of Nelson Mandela Bay on the recent water crisis, staff shortages, fighting corruption and adhering to Local Government legislation on appointments of Senior Managers.
“One critical example was the appointment of the City Manager last week December 2016 ,which that appointment is now be challenged in the High Court,” he described.
“Additionally, the DA failed to present quarterly reports to the council as required by law.
“It is not in the best interest of our people to have incompetent and amateurish leadership, and thereby fail them in delivering crucial services.”
The party has reportedly secured the support of smaller parties in its bid to remove Trollip.
Still, ANC Nelson Mandela Bay leader, Bicks Ndoni, reportedly said no such motion would take place at the council meeting.