DA to launch urgent court bid to challenge Trollip removal

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has confirmed his party will file court papers on Tuesday to review the removal of Athol Trollip as Nelson Mandela Bay mayor and have it declared invalid.

In a joint presser in Cape Town on Tuesday, Maimane and Trollip made the party’s intention known in reaction to the events which transpired in the Nelson Mandela Bay council on Monday which led to Trollip’s ousting.

The dismissal of Trollip has seen the emergence of a coalition of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the United Democratic Movement and the ANC, Maimane said.

“It’s a unity of corruption. I think they’ve taken a lead from Bathabile Dlamini: what keeps them together is the smallanyana skeletons,” Maimane quipped.

The party believes the Municipal Structures Act was violated when Trollip was removed in a heated council meeting after speaker Jonathan Lawack was axed in a motion of no confidence.


Trollip, meanwhile, is adamant he is still mayor.

“I do believe I’m still the mayor. I believe what transpired after the replacement of the speaker yesterday was unlawful,” Trollip said.

Both Trollip and Maimane allege that one of the reasons behind the newly formed coalition is to loot municipal coffers to fund 2019 election campaigns.

“Two years after the change came to our city [when the coalition was established]… the people who wanted to steal our city had run out of money,” Trollip said of the ANC.

Maimane maintains that the ascension to leadership of ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa helped the EFF feel more comfortable working with the ANC.

“We have to ask the question of what has changed? The only change I can assume is the introduction of Mr Ramaphosa,” Maimane said of the EFF’s alignment with the ANC.

The DA leader said that the EFF and his party remain in constant discussion and that there is no dysfunction in their relationship.

But, the EFF has already set it sights on another DA mayor, this time in Tshwane: Solly Msimanga.

“The EFF does not say a person will fall and it does not happen. We don’t promise, we commit. Thursday the puppet of white supremacy will also bite the dust,” EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu said on social media. EFF leader Julius Malema said in a press conference on Tuesday that a replacement for Msimanga had not yet been decided upon by the party.

Msimanga is facing a motion of no confidence in Thursday, which has been brought by the red berets. Msimanga’s party is firmly backing him to come out of the motion victorious.

“Solly has done his job,” Maimane said.

The DA will file its court application challenging Trollip’s removal on Tuesday afternoon. 

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Raeesa Pather
Raeesa Pather
Ra’eesa Pather is a Cape Town-based general news and features journalist.

Related stories

Advertising

Subscribers only

How lottery execs received dubious payments through a private company

The National Lottery Commission is being investigated by the SIU for alleged corruption and maladministration, including suspicious payments made to senior NLC employees between 2016 and 2017

Pandemic hobbles learners’ futures

South African schools have yet to open for the 2021 academic year and experts are sounding the alarm over lost learning time, especially in the crucial grades one and 12

More top stories

Zuma, Zondo play the waiting game

The former president says he will talk once the courts have ruled, but the head of the state capture inquiry appears resigned to letting the clock run out as the commission's deadline nears

Disinformation harms health and democracy

Conspiracy theorists abuse emotive topics to suck the air out of legitimate debate and further their own sinister agendas

Uganda: ‘I have never seen this much tear-gas in an...

Counting was slow across Uganda as a result of the internet shutdown, which affected some of the biometric machines used to validate voter registrations.

No way out for Thales in arms deal case, court...

The arms manufacturer has argued that there was no evidence to show that it was aware of hundreds of indirect payments to Jacob Zuma, but the court was not convinced.
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…