Athol Trollip addresses supporters. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MICHAEL SHEEHAN
Athol Trollip addresses supporters. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MICHAEL SHEEHAN

A notice of intention to have a motion a no confidence tabled against Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip, as well as speaker of the metro Jonathan Lawack, has been filed.

The motion against Trollip was tabled by Marlon Daniels, the Patriotic Alliance councilor who was a fleeting ally to Trollip in removing former deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani, who is a member of the United Democratic Movement (UDM).

Bobani seconded the motion against Trollip, in which they ask to have it debated at the next special council meeting, or the ordinary council meeting set to take place on November 30.

The motion tabled against Trollip is the newest move in a political battle in the council that has had a destabilising effect on the ruling coalition government in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Trollip is accused in the notice of disregarding the powers vested in a member of the executive council in terms of the Local Government: Municipal Structures Act. He is also accused of disrespecting council, giving powers to the DA to deal with council matters, as well as the "abduction of the fiduciary duties" that is vested in the municipal manager in terms of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA).

It is understood that the claims on the notice stem from a court battle about the appointment of the municipal manager, as well as service delivery issues.

The notice of intention to move a motion for the removal of the speaker was brought by Bobani. The notice states that a speaker must

distinguish between his or her role as a politician and the functions as a speaker.

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