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2016-08-10 06:00
Johann Mettler

Johann Mettler

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THE Nelson Mandela Bay municipality currently has no executive mayor or mayoral committee. The acting city manager, Johann Mettler, is the boss.

Mettler said on inquiry that once the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) certified the outcome of an election, the new councillors would start working the next day.

“The certification took place on Saturday. Therefore the metro has, since Sunday, no mayor or mayoral committee. The political executive committee has expired.

“What the municipality indeed has, are new councillors.”

Mettler must, as city manager, call a council meeting within 14 days after the certification of the results.

“The meeting will be held on August 15 and notices will be sent out shortly.”

Mettler said a mayor, deputy mayor, speaker and chief whip would be elected at the meeting.

He added that no party had achieved an outright majority in the elections, and that it would only become clear with the election of the political steering committee at the first council meeting who had this majority.

“People need to understand that no one has taken over as mayor.

“It works differently at national and provincial level. The president and premier remain in office until the new president and premier are inducted. The country is never with-out a president.”

Mettler said the work of the municipal administration would continue as always.

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