The motion of no confidence debate in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Executive Mayor Athol Trollip has been called off after chaos erupted in the metro’s council.
The council was in session from 8:00.
Trollip faced a second motion of no confidence since taking the Democratic Alliance (DA) took over from the African National Congress (ANC) after the local government elections.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has vowed to remove Trollip after the DA emphasised that it would not support land expropriation without compensation.
The ANC has confirmed that it was not planning to put forward a mayoral candidate.
The ANC’s Head of Elections Fikile Mbalula explains why.
“When some of our people were saying lets go for the position, the membership of the organisation upon engagement and talking to the masses in the metro, we then began to scrutinise what is in this position? You can get the position of mayor, but what power does it give you? Will you be able to exercise that power in a limited space of time? The principal of the ANC is going to the masses because we did not get outright power. If the DA is in power in the metro, it can exercise what it does because it has an overwhelming majority, but they don’t have that. They have a coalition to satisfy the desire of one man.”
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