As it happened: ANC walks out of NMB's first council meeting as Trollip becomes mayor

2016-08-18 10:59

The first meeting of the new Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Council had to be postponed briefly and then got off to a rocky start.

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18 Aug 12:17
The council meeting is officially adjourned.

18 Aug 12:16

All rise for the National Anthem.

The EFF councillors as well as EFF members in the public gallery stop singing the anthem and sit when it reaches Die Stem.


18 Aug 12:10
Trollip requests that the remainder of the agenda stand down till the next special general meeting and the motion is passed.

18 Aug 12:10

He ends his speech with a note of thanks to family, friends and colleagues who have supported him in the build-up to the election.

"I will not let you down as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, so help me God."


18 Aug 12:08

18 Aug 12:08
"Nelson Mandela Bay is now open for business and will never be the same again," new mayor Trollip says.

18 Aug 12:07

18 Aug 12:05
Trollip says that they will be focussing on the challenges faced by the various schools in Nelson Mandela Bay and will engage with provincial government to address staff shortages.

18 Aug 12:04

18 Aug 12:03

Trollip says safety and security are of vital importance and will address the issues plaguing the recently formed metro police.

He intends to focus on the creation of anti-gang and anti-drug task force


18 Aug 12:01

18 Aug 12:01

Trollip says they will focus on rooting out corruption.

"Anyone who needs to wear a bulletproof vest to come to work, must go seek work elsewhere," he says


18 Aug 12:00

Trollip says it is time for city's bucket system to go and undertakes to eradicate it by the end of 2017.



18 Aug 11:58
Trollip says he will establish a jobs desk in his administration and explore a youth wage subsidy.

18 Aug 11:56

Tourism will be a main focus of the new administration. 

Trollip says they will be working with DA-led Kouga government as well as with Western Cape and Cape Town.


18 Aug 11:55
Trollip says there is a need to focus on infrastructure development, not just maintenance.

18 Aug 11:54

18 Aug 11:53

He says they will look into any councillor found to have been appointed irregularly and all outstanding audit reports will be tabled and acted upon.

"We will have no problem conducting further audits where deemed necessary."


18 Aug 11:51

18 Aug 11:50

We will establish an efficient and responsive municipality, Trollip says.

"The days of costly duplicated mayoral structures are over."


18 Aug 11:49

Trollip says he has promised to do three things: Stop corruption, create jobs, deliver better services.



18 Aug 11:48

"Where we govern, we govern well," he says. 

And this has been recognised by national and international agencies, and by voters, he adds.

He says they want to emulate the work done by the DA in Cape Town. "Much has to be done to achieve that."


18 Aug 11:46
"It is now our responsibility to work with other opposition parties in the spirit of reconciliation."

18 Aug 11:44

We should set a new standard for service delivery for the people of this city, Trollip says.


18 Aug 11:44

18 Aug 11:43

Trollip welcomes everybody.

"The people of Nelson Mandela Bay voted for change," he says. 


18 Aug 11:39
The mayoral chain is put around Athol Trollip's neck. He is now going to address the council. 

18 Aug 11:37
Werner Senekal is announced as the DA's chief whip in council.

18 Aug 11:36
Trollip rises and asks for the announcement of the mayoral committee be postponed to next Thursday's meeting.

18 Aug 11:35

Speaker Lewack needed an indication from the floor to authorise mayor to appoint members to the mayoral committee.

The DA's Anette Lovemore moves for Mayor to appoint 10 full-time councillors to serve as mayoral committee  members.

The move is seconded.


18 Aug 11:32
The mayor and deputy have taken their seats.

18 Aug 11:30

Nominations for deputy mayor are now called for.

Speaker confirms receipt of nomination moved by Athol Trollip.

The UDM's Mongameli Bobani is nominated as deputy mayor.

No other nominations received, so Bobani is confirmed.


18 Aug 11:27

18 Aug 11:27
Proceedings move on to the election of Deputy Executive Mayor.

18 Aug 11:26

Lewack says he brings to the ANC's attention that proceedings got underway at 10:00.

So if proceedings had started special arrangements needed to be made to allow latecomers in.

Lewack says Jordaan was never prohibited to enter.

While Jordaan was seen outside, he did not enter the council with the rest of the ANC members.


18 Aug 11:24
ANC member rises to say security prevented Danny Jordaan from entering the hall. 

18 Aug 11:23

Speaker tries to restore order. 

Half of the ANC members have already left. 



18 Aug 11:22
ANC members start leaving the venue.

18 Aug 11:22
The new mayor welcomed EFF members to the meeting earlier.

18 Aug 11:20
Danny Jordaan, previous mayor, is not at the meeting.

18 Aug 11:20

Athol Trollip is confirmed as Executive Mayor.

He is called up to take his seat to loud cheers.



18 Aug 11:16

Speaker confirms 67 votes were made to elect a mayor.

Confirms Athol Trollip was nominated for the position, and the nominee accepted.

Speaker asks for other nominations.

Chaos erupts again.


18 Aug 11:14

Out of 120, 67 voted for the election of an executive mayor. 

Another point of order raised on a procedural point. ANC councillor Lungisa Andile says it was not 67. 

He is asked to take his seat.

He refuses and keeps talking.


18 Aug 11:10

DA councillor Retief Odendaal puts forward the motion to vote for a mayor.

ANC councillor Maki Feni stands up again to raise a point of order.

Lewack refuses to acknowledge him.


18 Aug 11:08

Lewack moves to point 7... the election of an executive mayor. 

Takes nominations from the floor.


18 Aug 11:06
Dali Mpofu of the EFF gets a special welcome too.

18 Aug 11:05

Speaker Lewack says it is important for councillors to abide by the rules of order and for councillors to mutually respect each other, Derrick Spies reports.

He says service delivery should be uppermost on everybody's mind


18 Aug 11:04

Lewack thanks the house for appointing him as Speaker and gets on with business.

Council members have settled down.


18 Aug 11:02

Lewack welcomes everyone to the meeting. 

Asks for a moment of silence for ANC councillor who was killed a few days before the election and former councillor who had died.

All rise.


18 Aug 11:00
The ANC members were noticeably absent when the council meeting started at 10:00.

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