Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality fails to pass its budget

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For the third time running the Democratic Alliance (DA) led government in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has not been unable to pass its R12 million budget.

This time they could not meet a quorum.

Previous council meetings were marred by chaos and several disruptions with opposition parties, the African National Congress (ANC), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) voting against the budget. These parties say the budget does not meet the needs of the people.

If the budget is not passed the possibility of being placed under administration looms for the metro.

The African Independent Congress (AIC) has one seat in council and has said that it will not allow for the metro to be put under administration.

AIC Councillor Tshonono Buyeye indicated that the party would support the budget. However, Buyeye failed to return back to council chambers to cast his vote, leaving the passing of the budget once again hanging in the balance.

Opposition parties have criticised the budget saying it is not pro poor. The metro has 18 days to pass the budget before it faces the possibility of being placed under administration.

The Council will reconvene on Wednesday for another attempt at passing the budget.