Nelson Mandela Bay presents first test for EFF

17:37 (GMT+2) Wed, 03 Jul 2019

A Nelson Mandela Bay Council meeting this week could be the first test of the EFF's threats not to support the DA or the ANC in hung councils.

And, according to the DA in the Metro, the "day of reckoning" could be on Friday during a special council meeting to, among other things, elect a Chief Financial Officer for the City.

DA caucus leader, Athol Trollip, said they would be watching to see if the EFF would stick to its decision, announced by Commander In Chief, Julius Malema, on Monday, when it comes to critical matters which are set to be discussed at the meeting.

"The day of reckoning will be Friday in this Council to see where the EFF would be voting on the matters of appointments of Executive Directors, a CFO and dealing with the application for a roll-over of unspent funds by the Municipality," he said.

Trollip said while the EFF was not part of the coalition government under UDM mayor, Mongameli Bobani, it is part of the so-called "black caucus".  

"It will be interesting to see where their votes will go or whether they will abstain from voting on Friday."

To date, the EFF's support has been critical to the current coalition government and without it, the UDM, ANC, AIC, UF and Patriotic Alliance will have 55 seats.

The incarceration on Monday of an ANC councillor, Bongo Nombiba, will also reduce this number until a by-election is held within 90 says.

The DA and its partners, COPE and ACDP, on the other hand, have 59 seats in the120 seat council.