The United Democratic Movement (UDM) filed on Thursday a notice of motion to interdict the removal of the former deputy mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, as well as ask for the decision to be reviewed and set aside. The urgent application was filed in the High Court in Port Elizabeth after Mongameli Bobani of the UDM was removed in a motion of no confidence last week. The coalition has been strained for months as tensions between Bobani and Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip mounted, leading to Bobani being axed as member of the mayoral committee for public health and finally being ousted as deputy mayor, a decision that only the council could take. UDM leader Bantu Holomisa initially threatened to withdraw from the coalition if Bobani was not reinstated by Monday. The UDM decided to take the matter to court after DA leader Mmusi Maimane did not accede to the request. In its court application, the UDM asks for interim relief in the form of an interdict of the implementation of the mo...

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