UDM to leave Nelson Mandela Bay coalition on Monday

UDM member Mongameli Bobani was axed as Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor on Thursday after 60 councillors voted in support of a motion of no confidence in him.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa says since Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has stated that ousted Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani cannot be reinstated, his party will officially leave the coalition on Monday.

The UDM has given notice to the party leaders of the DA-led coalition, informing them of its intention to withdraw from the coalition in the metro if Bobani is not reinstated

Bobani was axed on Thursday after 60 councillors voted in support of a motion of no confidence in him.

In a letter addressed to Holomisa, Maimane makes it clear his party will not work with Bobani.

Therefore, he suggests that the UDM nominate another councillor to serve on the mayoral committee.

But the party’s leader Holomisa says that won’t happen.

“We are not going to fool ourselves again nor are we going to allow ourselves to be used as a step ladder to the position of authority. We will pull out on Monday afternoon.”

Holomisa says his party will not be bullied by the DA.

He says the party can kiss the UDM’s support goodbye until it can run things properly in the metro.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)