Cape Town - On Thursday, Nelson Mandela Mayor Athol Trollip faces his umpteenth no confidence motion but said he is confident of surviving the latest attempt to unseat the DA from power.
But before any votes can be cast, there has been drama amongst Nelson Mandela Bay councillors. The Patriotic Alliance (PA) withdrew its candidate Marlon Daniels from the race to replace Trollip after a spat with the EFF.
The EFF had referred to the PA, which is lead by convicted bank robber Gayton Mckenzie, as “unrepentant fraudsters” and “thugs”.
Speaking at Parliament earlier on Tuesday, Trollip said Thursday’s motion would be the fourth attempt to axe him as mayor.
“On all past three occasions they never had the courage or the conviction, or the numbers to actually put the motion of no confidence. I don’t believe they will be able to muster that again on Thursday,” said Trollip.
He said he was going ahead with his work and would not be distracted.
“We’re also doing behind the scenes political work with all the political parties that are part of our coalitions.
“I believe we’re doing a great job in Nelson Mandela Bay. Some people hanker to go back to the (previous) status quo. The status quo was where the City was nearly stolen...those people want to go back to those days, the ANC, the UDM, the EFF they want to ironically move backwards,” said Trollip.
To unseat Trollip and the DA from power, opposition parties require 61 votes in the 120 seat council. The DA has 57 seats and the ANC 50 seats while the EFF hold six seats with two for the UDM and one each for the PA, Cope, ACDP, and the African Independent Congress.