Port Elizabeth - A special meeting held by the Democratic Alliance (DA), the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and Congress of the People (Cope) in Nelson Mandela Bay, flopped on Friday when several councillors from the coalition government failed to pitch for the intended ousting of Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani.
A number of councilors in the coalition government had signed a petition for a motion of no confidence to be brought against Bobani but it would appear the councillors had a change of heart and did a seeming about-turn by not pitching for the gathering.
Only 59 out of a total of 120 councillors turned up at council chambers and thus did not reach the 61-member quorum as required by the council rules of order.
DA councillor Athol Trollip adjourned the meeting when it became apparent a number of councillors from the coalition government would not pitch.
A press conference was later called where Trollip said that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Fikile Xasa had earlier promised that he would send officials to oversee the meeting. However, Cogta officials were not seen at the meeting.