DA’s coalition partner breaks ranks in Nelson Mandela Bay‚ council sitting collapses
Rochelle De Kock And Avuyile Mngxitama-Diko | 2017-01-26 10:30:38.0
Nelson Mandela Bay. UDM’S deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani allegedly had a disagreement with mayor Athol Trollip on the way the recruitment of city manager Johann Mettler was handled. Photo file.
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A Nelson Mandela Bay council meeting scheduled for this morning collapsed after the Democratic Alliance’s coalition partner‚ the United Democratic Movement‚ abstained from attending the session and the metro’s opposition parties – ANC‚ EFF‚ UF‚ PA and AIC – staged a walkout.
This left the DA-led coalition without a quorum.
HeraldLIVE understands that the UDM’S deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani had a disagreement with mayor Athol Trollip on the way the recruitment of city manager Johann Mettler was handled.
Bobani is also said to be unhappy with the proposal to extend acting corporate services executive director Vuyo Zitumane’s contract.
Despite attempts to get some of the opposition councillors to make up the 61-member quorum needed‚ the DA failed.
The meeting was postponed to a later date.
Earlier this month HeraldLIVE reported that there were claims of mounting tension between the DA and its coalition partner‚ although both Trollip and Bobani moved to allay fears at the time.
Bobani was said to be butting heads with the DA‚ which has the majority stake in the partnership.