The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality says the proposed motion of no confidence by the United Democratic Movement (UDM) in coordination with the Patriotic Alliance (PA) undermines the will of the people.
In a statement, the party says removing it from the mayoral seat will open the process of returning the municipality to the ANC, which was rejected by the people of Nelson Mandela Bay in 2016.
This comes after coalition and opposition parties called for the removal of Executive Mayor Athol Trollip and his speaker Jonathan Lawack.
The motion to remove Trollip and Lawack was put forward by axed deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani and PA councilor Marlon Daniels.
Bobani was removed in a vote of no confidence in August after ongoing squabbles between himself and Trollip.
DA Eastern Cape spokesperson Mlindi Nhanha says so much work has been done by the DA-led municipality.
“On the road to the watershed 2016 local government elections, we ran on the commitment of bringing change to Nelson Mandela Bay and to put the people first by ensuring quality service delivery, a zero-tolerance approach to corruption and the creation of much-needed job opportunities,” Nhanha said.
Nhanha said the motion of no confidence would erase this hard work and the people of Nelson Mandela Bay would suffer.
“We have a lot to do on the road to 2019, where we will usher in a new beginning for South Africa, therefore we cannot afford to let politics cloud our mission of building a better and post-ANC South Africa.”