Bobani declined to comment on the planned motion and referred questions to UDM president Bantu Holomisa‚ who said he believed the whole thing smacked of divide-and-rule tactics.
“It’s a case of playing one brother up against another. The DA signed an agreement with the PA councillor‚ so how can you use the same person to move a motion against the deputy mayor? This style of doing things is unbelievable. We expect that in time‚ [mayor Athol] Trollip will give the reasons for the motion and state exactly which rule or regulations Bobani is believed to have flouted so that he can defend himself‚” Holomisa said.
Asked if he had discussed the matter with some of the UDM’s other coalition partners‚ Holomisa said he was not interested in lobbying for support on this issue.
“I spoke to [Mosiuoa] Lekota yesterday on the phone and he distanced himself from that. But I’m not interested in lobbying other parties. The DA is out of order and I’m not going to waste my time‚” Holomisa said.
“We are going to deal with him [Trollip] decisively.”
Council chief whip Werner Senekal (DA) said: “I can’t say much on the motion. It is what it is. We are seconding the motion.”
Meanwhile‚ the ANC and EFF said they did not want to get involved in coalition squabbles.
EFF councillor Yoliswa Yako said the party still had to consult with the upper structures in the EFF.
“We have not been approached by anybody in terms of taking sides‚ but our main interest is that no services be stopped and that the coalition must function and be intact.
“We would never vote in support of any situation that is going to crack the coalition‚” Yako said.
ANC caucus leader Bicks Ndoni said his party had not yet discussed the motion‚ but he did not believe they would vote against Bobani.
“In some instances we would abstain‚ but I think the ANC will support Bobani to remain as deputy mayor‚” Ndoni said.