Trollip remains in charge of highly contested metro

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The mayor of the Democratic Alliance (DA) led coalition in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Athol Trollip remains in charge of the highly contested metro.

The special council meeting to vote on a motion of no confidence against him was postponed after a series of disruptions and chaotic scenes inside the chamber.

Parties continued to hurl insults at each other late into the afternoon as they could not reach consensus on continuing with special council meeting or even until when it will be postponed to.

The speaker, Jonathan Lawack eventually called for the normal council meeting to continue so the issue of the adjusted budget can be concluded.

The event in the council chamber has been described as a sign that opposition parties had no confidence in their ability to govern the metro.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane says:”If opposition parties want to bring in another motion they should go ahead, but clearly this is a sign that opposition parties had no confidence in what they were here to do. They must let us do our work. We have a metro to run and services to deliver.”

The African National Congress (ANC) says it did not collapse the council meeting and blamed the speaker for changing the order paper dealing with the motion of no confidence leading to the furore.

The party says it was ready for the motion to be debated on the adjusted order paper in the agenda.

The internal political instability of the ANC in the metro is however highlighted as a reason behind the party not fielding a mayoral candidate.

Something the ANC disputes.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commended its councillors for their conduct on Thursday.

EFF provincial representative, Yazini Tetyana, says they are disappointed with the speaker and his lack of decision making and his lack of control of the house.

The meeting finally debated the Adjusted Budget and it was approved.

The EFF did not take part in the voting process to approve the budget.

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