Sun, 20 Oct 2019

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani is unlikely to survive the motion of no confidence against him next Tuesday, with the ANC and DA - who hold the majority in council - confirming that they will vote against him.

DA leader Athol Trollip and ANC regional task team coordinator Luyolo Nqakula have confirmed to News24 that their parties will vote to axe Bobani.

Without a clear mandate, the DA won the majority of seats in council during the 2016 watershed elections, with 57, and the ANC walked away with 50 seats. The numbers therefore allow the two parties enough seats to vote Bobani out with or without the help of their coalition partners.

Bobani's UDM holds two seats in council and he has been in coalition with both the ANC and the DA during his tenure. He was first aligned with the DA, but relations took a nosedive and Trollip fired him as his deputy mayor, citing maladministration and corruption.

Intent on retribution, Bobani went into a coalition with the ANC and other smaller parties to oust Trollip in 2018. He was then elected as mayor.

Nqakula told News24 that the ANC was in talks with the smaller parties in the "black caucus" to reach a consensus on who would take over. He blamed Bobani for the breakdown in administration in the metro, adding that the mayor was compromising service delivery.

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During an interview with News24 on Wednesday, Bobani was seemingly confident of his chances on Tuesday. He said he believed he was doing a very good job.

"There is going to be a joint caucus and these guys must explain why there is this petition without consultation. All the councillors are calling to say that we don't know where this is coming from.

"The municipality is running very well, services are going to the people, and our thing now is to ensure that this is not affecting the people. Everything is running smoothly," Bobani said.

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