Bobani's future as Mayor hangs in the balance

12:24 (GMT+2) Tue, 08 Oct 2019

The future of the UDM's Mongameli Bobani as the mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay hangs in the balance.

A petition calling for his removal and said to be bearing the signatures of 117 of the 120 city councillors was presented to the Speaker, Buyelwa Mafaya on Monday.

It was signed by all the major parties, including the ANC, DA, EFF, COPE, ACDP, AIC and Patriotic Alliance calling for Bobani's immediate removal.

The petition, which also deals with the appointment of executive directors, is expected to be dealt with at a Council meeting next week.

But, while the parties are speaking with one voice on the removal of Bobani, the question of who will likely succeed him will probably present parties with their next headache.

Ngawethu Madaka of the EFF says some want the next mayor to come from one of the smaller parties.

But, DA caucus leader, Athol Trollip, says they've had a motion of no confidence against the mayor sitting with the Speaker for a number of months now.

However, he says with respect to who will replace Bobani, Trollip says the DA will wait and see what happens at the next Council meeting.

"We want to get some sanity back on government"

He says once Bobani is removed they will make a decision as to who they would want to take over as Mayor.

Trollip says they are the biggest party in the Council and won't just give the position to smaller parties as it is prudent practice.

The ANC could not yet be reached for comment.