A motion of confidence against the mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Athol Trollip has been cancelled.
The motion was tabled by the EFF to punish the Democratic Alliance (DA) for not backing its motion to have a section of the Constitution amended to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
EWN reporter Shamiela Fisher says it was a quite a chaotic scene at the council chambers this morning.
She says the EFF, ANC, and UDM wanted to bring a motion of no confidence in the Speaker of council, Jonathan Lawack, before they could move to dealing with Trollip.
The Speaker raised concerns and said this was not what was agreed upon during the discussions earlier in the week. The agenda was already set up and he was adamant that they are going to continue in the manner that they have already discussed.— Shamiela Fisher, EWN reporter
Some of the opposition members were clearly angered by this and they staged a walkout.— Shamiela Fisher, EWN reporter
Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni says what happened in Nelson Mandela Bay signifies the fragmentation and the unraveling of the coalition arrangement.
He says some of the opposition parties such as the UDM may start to move further away from the DA.
It is almost certain that if this broken relationship doesn't work in Nelson Mandela Bay, it may spill over into the other metros, not only in motion of no confidence in mayors but pretty much in the approval of budgets and policies.— Somadoda Fikeni, Political analyst
To hear the rest of the interview with Somadoda Fikeni, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Motion of no confidence in Trollip could be the end of coalition arrangements'