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EFF withdraws motion of no confidence against Athol Trollip

The EFF has withdrawn the motion of no confidence against Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip.

Mayor Athol Trollip addressing DA supporters outside the Nelson Mandela Bay City Hall on 28 March. Picture: @DAEasternCape/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The opposition African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro have failed to carry a motion of no confidence against mayor Athol Trollip.

A special sitting to debate the motion against Trollip with speaker Jonathan Lawack and other mayoral committee members was concluded in less than 30 minutes after it started.

With ANC councillors Andile Lungisa incarcerated for assault and Bongo Nombiba jailed for fraud and money laundering, the party along with the EFF entered this fight to oust Trollip with two votes short.

Council speaker Lawack explained: “They used all kinds of semantics to explain a simple thing and that simple thing is they don’t have the numbers.”

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the parties withdrew the motions rather than face the embarrassment of losing.

DA Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga called the motion frivolous.

“This is a just a playful game they’re doing to try and undermine the good work we’re doing in the city.”

The EFF has once again vowed to table a motion at a later stage.

A motion, brought by the UDM to have chief whip Werner Senekall sacked has also been withdrawn