Unless something unexpected happens on Thursday, it would seem that the DA’s Athol Trollip will survive the vote of no confidence in his leadership of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. Frantic last-minute political manoeuvring in the metro saw the DA confirming the support of the Patriotic Alliance (PA) on Wednesday at a rally. Sources said the PA had demanded, and got, the reinstatement of the deputy mayor’s position, which was frozen after Trollip fell out with the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM’s) Mongameli Bobani. Another small party with only one councillor, the African Independence Congress (AIC), also switched allegiance at the eleventh hour on Wednesday night. AIC spokesman Aubrey Mhlongo told Business Day that his party had decided to ditch the ANC after it emerged that the governing party’s Eastern Cape legislature had failed to support its demand to move Matatiele from the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal. Mhlongo warned the ANC that if it did not deliver ...

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