Port Elizabeth - The United Democratic Movement's (UDM) Mongameli Bobani is the legitimate mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay after the Democratic Alliance (DA) and its coalition partners, Cope and the ACDP, lost its application in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Thursday.
The DA and its coalition partners wanted the court to review or declare unlawful the decisions taken at the August 27 council meeting which saw the ousting of Athol Trollip as mayor.
The DA is now also liable for the costs of the application.
The court battle arose over a technicality around DA councillor Victor Manyati's party membership after he publicly stated that he would resign. The new government in the Bay, the UDM, ANC, UF and the AIC with the support of the EFF had insisted at the time that there was a quorum of 61 councillors in the house to continue.
The DA, however, walked out and claimed there was no quorum because Manyati's membership had ceased effective immediate based on his public utterances.