Nelson Mandela Bay prepares to usher in new leadership

It will be the first time since 1994 that the ANC will not be in the seat of power in Port Elizabeth.

Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is today expected to usher in a new administration.

Mayor-in-waiting Athol Trollip has vowed to crackdown on corruption and to create jobs.

The Democratic Alliance (DA), the largest party in the metro, yesterday announced it had reached agreements with the United Democratic Movement, Congress of the People and African Christian Democratic Party, to form a multi-party coalition government.

It will be the first time since the establishment of the unicity government in 1994 that the African National Congress (ANC) will not be in the seat of power in Port Elizabeth.

Trollip says he's not expecting many surprises and is confident the coalition will hold firm.

"We had a party which became accustomed to being in power and they're out of power now. We need to have our wits about us and we need to make sure that what we've discussed actually happens."

He says the parties have set priorities for the next five years.

"We want to stop corruption, grow the economy in Nelson Mandela Bay to create jobs and improve service delivery."

During his campaign, Trollip pledged to create 50,000 new jobs over his five-year term. He remains adamant the multi-party government will achieve this goal.