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The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality finally passed the 2018-19 budget on Wednesday morning‚ with the help of the African Independent Congress (AIC). It was the council’s fourth attempt to pass the budget. Earlier‚ the action was still uncertain as AIC councillor Thsonono Buyeye arrived more than an hour late for the meeting‚ which was scheduled for 9am. After voting‚ Buyeye quickly left the chamber. On Tuesday, the meeting was adjourned after Buyeye‚ who initially indicated he would support the budget‚ made an about-turn based on discussions with the ANC around the decision to incorporate the town of Matatiele in the KwaZulu-Natal administration. Meanwhile, ANC councillors arrived at the venue in Port Elizabeth‚ but left without attending the meeting. The EFF was also in the building but did not attend. United Front (UF) councillor Mkhuseli Mtsila, however, attended the meeting‚ although he did not support the budget. Mayor Athol Trollip thanked the two councillors Mtsila and Buyeye...

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