EFF leader Julius Malema has stated that they will be they will be passing a motion of no confidence in Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Athol Trollip.
Malema called it a warning shot against the Democratic Alliance after the DA voted against the motion on the expropriation of land without compensation, which was adopted by an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly in Parliament on Tuesday.
Trollip says he is not personally concerned over losing power, but rather he is concerned over the people of Port Elizabeth and the position of power the EFF states it has.
What I am really worried about is the voters of Nelson Mandela Bay voted for change. Change they got. Things are going well and improving and now the EFF seems to think that they are in a position to punish people if they don't get their own way.— Athol Trollip, PE Mayor
Trollip says that he finds it extraordinary that Malema made the unilateral decision to pass a motion of no confidence against him.
He adds that Malema would like to give Nelson Mandela Bay back to the ANC as leverage in order to negotiate a deal that will suit him.
Its the municipality where we have the greatest [DA] majority outside of Cape Town, and obviously the greatest threat to the ANC. Having lost a city named after Nelson Mandela is a painful blow to the ANC, so Julius Malema reckons that giving it back to the ANC will give him the greatest leverage.— Athol Trollip, PE Mayor
Trollip says that alliances within Nelson Mandela Bay have been strained between the parties, and if it the city is taken away from the DA through a motion of no confidence, it is the ANC who will have to bear the consequences.
The EFF must do what it must do, but if it gives the city back to the ANC they will suffer the political consequences of that decision.— Athol Trollip, PE Mayor
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