NMB metro budget postponed to Wednesday

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The Nelson Mandela Bay metro special council meeting to pass the budget has been postponed to Wednesday, as the council could not establish a quorum after a short adjournment.

Opposition parties did not return to the council, following an adjournment that came briefly after the 2018/19 budget discussion.

The parties, including the ANC, EFF, UDM and the AIC have vowed not to support the budget tabled by Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, until all submissions are taken into consideration.

This is the third attempt to pass the budget and the Metro faces being placed under administration if the situation continues.

The DA’s Trollip says the ANC is focused on regaining control of the Metro by any means possible.

The African National Congress says the budget does not address the issue of under provision and over utilisation in townships, even though the opposite is seen in privileged areas.

The Economic Freedom Fighters says this budget is not inclusive of all wards, and this could cause a crisis in a long run, while the United Democratic Movement argued that there was no public participation and the budget does not reflect the true needs of the residents.

The Democratic Alliance occupies sixty seats in the 120 member council.