A FEUD between Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip of the DA and his deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani of the UDM seems to be on the mend, and the DA has withdrawn its ultimatum that Bobani be fired or redeployed.
The parties in the Nelson Mandela Bay governing coalition affirmed a commitment to the continuance of the coalition after meeting this evening.
There were troubles in the partnership after Bobani butted heads with Trollip, questioning his decisions and leadership style. He even opened cases of fraud against Trollip and senior municipal officials.
UDM and DA national leaders’ attempts to intervene did not work out.
Earlier this month the DA gave an ultimatum to UDM leader Bantu Holomisa to either fire or redeploy Bobani, or threatened the party would use its majority in council to oust him.
DA federal executive chairperson James Selfe sent a letter to Holomisa citing a litany of problems with Bobani.
But things appear to have been ironed out.
“The coalition remains intact,” the parties said in a statement tonight.
“The parties recommitted to govern in the best interests of the people of Nelson Mandela Bay, putting the people first and ensuring government is stable. A key priority for all four parties is to pass the upcoming 2017/18 Municipal Budget, and Integrated Development Plan, which we intend to do with unity.”
A small committee of members from each party in the coalition has been formed to keep open communications and to discuss matters within the coalition, to improve relations.
“This committee will begin by considering the issues raised in NMB recently between the mayor and deputy mayor,” the statement read.
The ultimatum put to the UDM to remove Bobani has been withdrawn between the parties, and instead the small committee will resolve the matter.