You can head to the courts, but Bobani must go – Trollip tells UDM
The UDM has demanded that Mongameli Bobani return or it will withdraw from the coalition government in the metro.
JOHANNESBURG/CAPE TOWN - Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip says the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is welcome to turn to the courts but his former deputy Mongameli Bobani will not be reinstated.
The UDM has demanded that Bobani return or it will withdraw from the coalition government in the metro.
However, Trollip says Bobani has sided with the African National Congress in the past when voting on critical issues and the metro coalition can only benefit by his departure.
“We have 61 councillors with the UDM in coalition, which gives us an outright majority. The facts we’re showing council are that since January, we’ve not been able to use that outright majority and very important decisions have not been able to be made.”
Trollip says other parties in the coalition agree that Bobani must go.
“It was raised with all of the parties in the last meeting where all the political parties came together that a coalition partner voting against the coalition is equal to treason.”
Meanwhile, UDM lawyers are expected to file court papers against the DA in the Eastern Cape by end of business on Monday.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said: “The main objective of their accusation is to declare the fracas council meeting we witnessed last week, null and void because rules and regulations of municipalities were flouted.”