Trol­lip given life­line

In case of a tie in the mayor’s mo­tion of no con­fi­dence, DA coun­cil speaker will vote as well

Afro Voice (Northern Cape) - - POLITICS - BONOLO SELEBANO bono­los@the­newage.co.za

FOL­LOW­ING weeks of bick­er­ing among po­lit­i­cal par­ties that en­tered into a strate­gic agree­ment with the DA for it to take charge in Nel­son Man­dela Bay, mayor Athol Trol­lip’s mo­ment of truth has ar­rived.

Trol­lip will today fend off an Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers-led mo­tion of no con­fi­dence against him in today’s spe­cial coun­cil sit­ting. The mo­tion is backed by the ANC, the United Demo­cratic Move­ment (UDM) and the African In­de­pen­dent Congress (AIC).

With votes from the Congress of the Peo­ple (Cope), the Pa­tri­otic Al­liance (PA) and the African Chris­tian Demo­cratic Party (ACDP), the DA has 60 votes in the coun­cil. This ties with the EFF, ANC and UDM’s agree­ment. In the event of a tie, DA coun­cil speaker Jonathan Lawack will vote as well.

Against in­creas­ing in­di­ca­tions that the party’s grip on Nel­son Man­dela Bay is un­der strain, Trol­lip told The New Age yes­ter­day that he would not give up his may­oral po­si­tion with­out a fight.

“We need to get 61 votes. The PA brings us even. It helps but we won’t stop talk­ing to other po­lit­i­cal par­ties un­til the vote.

“We’ll do ev­ery­thing in our power to make sure that the votes of the peo­ple aren’t un­der­mined,” Trol­lip said.

Today’s vote comes against the back­ground of a race to find Trol­lip’s re­place­ment, if he is re­moved.

ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule said this week that the party had not de­cided who would be Trol­lip’s pos­si­ble re­place­ment.

“We are dis­cussing that. We are con­sult­ing the lead­er­ship of the Eastern Cape. We have con­sulted the al­liance struc­tures in the Eastern Cape. We are busy with that mat­ter.

“We don’t be­lieve that coali­tions work, there­fore we have not yet de­cided on any­thing,” Ma­gashule said.

PA coun­cil­lor Mar­lon Daniels, who was of­fered the po­si­tion of deputy mayor in ex­change for sid­ing with the DA on the vote, said yes­ter­day that the PA would not be sup­port­ing the EFF’s bid.

“It’s in the in­ter­est of Nel­son Man­dela Bay metro that we will have to sup­port the DA, Cope and the ACDP. Purely based on hav­ing scru­ti­nised the rea­sons that the EFF has put out there for why they want to re­move the mayor Athol Trol­lip.

“And hav­ing looked and an­a­lysed it, would look like that in its en­tirety, we re­alised that (those are) purely raced­based rea­sons. There are no other sub­stan­tive rea­sons as to why he has to be re­moved,” Daniels said.

PA leader Gay­ton McKen­zie wrote an open let­ter to the ANC, ex­plain­ing why the party de­cided to close ranks be­hind the DA on the vote.

He said the EFF’s racial at­tack on Trol­lip dis­suaded the party from vot­ing with the Red Berets.

“I am, of course, not sur­prised by such ut­ter­ances from the EFF, which has proven it­self will­ing to do just about any­thing for me­dia head­lines and po­lit­i­cal sur­vival, par­tic­u­larly af­ter their big­gest po­lit­i­cal blunder of hav­ing handed power to the DA while pro­fess­ing to be a revo­lu­tion­ary party,” he said.

McKen­zie also lashed out at the ANC for not speak­ing out against Malema.

“Your si­lence comes from your thirst for power in the Nel­son Man­dela Bay metro. You dare not speak up be­cause Malema will turn on you again and al­low Trol­lip to stay.

“At what point will you de­cide to find your voice, ANC, and say he has stepped over the line?

“If you are okay with some­one say­ing they will be cut­ting peo­ple’s throats, how will you re­act when throats ac­tu­ally do get cut? “McKen­zie said.

PIC­TURE: GALLO IMAGES

SID­ING WITH DA: Pa­tri­otic Al­liance leader Gay­ton Mcken­zie.

PIC­TURE: GALLO IMAGES

RED BERET: EFF leader Julius Malema.

MO­MENT OF TRUTH: Nel­son Man­dela Bay mayor Athol Trol­lip.

NO WAY: PA coun­cil­lor Mar­lon Daniels won’t side with EFF.

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