The Nelson Mandela Bay special council meeting that was supposed to hear a motion of no confidence in Mayor Athol Trollip will resume on Tuesday morning at 10:00.
Trollip, who was recently re-elected as the Democratic Alliance’s federal chairperson, was confident going into the meeting.
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The coalition government has had a minority of 59 seats in the 120-seat council since a fallout with the United Democratic Movement. However, they recently secured the Patriotic Alliance as a coalition partner, taking them back up to 60, and the African Independent Congress have also declared their support to the coalition, giving them a potential majority vote of 61.
There are six motions that have been tabled, which include:
• To remove Trollip as mayor
• To remove DA councillor Jonathan Lawack as speaker of council
• To remove DA councillor Werner Senekal as chief whip
• To rescind the decision of council in November last year, which dissolved the post of deputy mayor
• To vote in a new deputy mayor
• To remove all political heads of municipal portfolios
The meeting, which was initially scheduled for March 29, was abandoned after it degenerated into chaos over a dispute about the order of items on the agenda.
Lawack postponed the meeting "indefinitely" and walked out of the council chamber.