EFF withdraws motion of no confidence in Athol Trollip

EFF withdraws motion of no confidence in Athol Trollip

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and five other parties on Thursday withdrew their motions of no confidence against Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip.

Speaker Jonathan Lawack adjourned the meeting after council erupted into chaos following an altercation between EFF leader Zilindile Vena and member of the mayoral committee for roads and transport Rano Kayser (DA).

"I hear the EFF have submitted another motion of no confidence to be debated at our next council meeting".

There was a light moment as Patriotic Alliance councillor Marlon Daniels was asked to table his motion, which was to remove the current mayoral committee members.

The opposition cluster supporting the motion took a knock as on Wednesday ANC councillor Andile Lungisa was found guilty of assault and sentenced to two years in jail.

According to media reports, several motions were put forward at the council meeting on Thursday, but all of them were withdrawn as there had been some contention over the order of the motions at the start of the meeting.

Meanwhile, the DA was also supposed to be one member down, with undertaker-turned-DA councillor Mbulelo Manyati, set to appear in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes court on a charge of fraud.

However, Manyati was in council even though Magistrate Johannes Claassen had not granted his request for a postponement to allow him to attend council proceedings.

"We wish to reiterate we have pronounced on Trollip".

The EFF sought to have Trollip removed after the DA had failed to support its parliamentary motion on land expropriation without compensation.

The previous two sittings, on March 29 and April 10, were postponed after a series of disruptions within the council chambers.

Malema further said the move to oust Trollip was an act by the party of "cutting the throat of whiteness".

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