In the wake of the EFF filing a notice of intent last week to bring a motion of no confidence against Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip, the DA launched its Save Nelson Mandela Bay campaign in Kwanobuhle, an area within the municipality.
The EFF’s decision to table the motion against Trollip follows the DA’s decision to vote against the red beret’s motion on land expropriation without compensation in parliament last month.
The two parties agreed to work together in the municipality following the local government elections of 2016.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Trollip said his party had kept its promise of improving service delivery.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane was scheduled to address attendees at the rally in Nelson Mandela Bay today.
“Nelson Mandela Bay can never go back to the looting and neglect it suffered under the ANC. We are here to put the people of this city first,” he said.
Maimane accused the leadership of ANC for looting billions of rands from the city’s coffers, adding that during the 2016 local government elections, Malema had clearly stated that his mission was to save the municipality from the ruling party.
“Barely 19 months later, Julius Malema has made another of his trademark flip-flops. He has forgotten everything he said about the ANC here in NMB, and he has made a deal with them to put them back into power,” Maimane said.
Meanwhile, the ANC in the province told Algoa FM that the party’s NEC meet soon to decide on a mayoral candidate for the city.
Malema had said that his party would not be willing to vote with the ANC should it field a corrupt candidate for the mayoral job.
At a later stage, he said that his organisation had not spoken to the ANC about the mayoral position at Nelson Mandela Bay.
The station further reports that most of the municipality’s councillors “called on Council to rescind a decision that dissolved the office of the Deputy Mayor following the ousting of Mongameli Bobani of the UDM.”
“The notice of motion also called for the removal of all current portfolio heads of council committees and the appointment of new officials,” Algoa FM reports.
At the weekend, Malema and Trollip got into a heated Twitter war in which the EFF leader said: “Hahaha, you are going white man, I’ve got no sympathy for whiteness, it feels good for a black child to determine the future of the white one.”