UDM’s Bantu Holomisa (left) with DA’s Mmusi Maimane
In a letter dated 24 August 2017, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) sent the Democratic Alliance (DA) an ultimatum that it would leave the coalition in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) on Monday if it’s representative Mongameli Bobani wasn’t reinstated as deputy mayor.
“Deputy Mayor Bobani was irregularly removed from his post. In light of the DA’s stance, we have no option but to inform you that the decision of the UDM must be put into immediate effect.
“In other words, if Bobani is not reinstated to his position by the 28th of August, the UDM will pull out”.
The DA hit back. In a letter of the same date, it wrote to the coalition partners – COPE, FF, ACDP and UDM – refusing to accede to UDM’s ultimatum.
“Your ultimatum seeks to hold our co-government agreement to ransom. It requests for us to maintain the status quo despite evidence of corruption, and despite the councillor Bobani flagrantly voting against the coalition.
“If you decide to go through with your ultimatum and collapse the government, then it will fall to you to explain to the voters of Nelson Mandela Bay and the people of South Africa,” DA’s Mmusi Maimane wrote.
In a radio interview this morning, Executive Mayor of NMBM Athol Trollip is said to have told UDM’s leader that his party might as well leave today and not on Monday given that the motion of no confidence stands.
The spat follows a motion of no confidence in Bobani yesterday in which the DA blindsided the UDM and voted with the ACDP, COPE and Gayton Mckenzie’s Patriotic Alliance to remove Bobabi as deputy mayor.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) lambasted the DA for its move describing it as bully tactics. “The DA behaves as though it won elections in Nelson Mandela when it did not. It also proves not to appreciate the concept of power sharing which means precisely that: they must “share” political power with others in order to govern.
“As a result of this behaviour in Nelson Mandela, the EFF will not be voting with the DA on any issue in Nelson Mandela Metro until they radically change their attitude towards other coalition partners belonging to smaller parties. Although the EFF is not in any coalition or cooperation with the DA, we view their behaviour in Nelson Mandela Metro as a threat to coalition politics that can remove the corrupt ANC out of power even in the future.
“The reality is that behaviour of the DA in Nelson Mandela is consistent with their conduct elsewhere in the country including in Parliament. They lack humility, political consultation and patience with smaller parties. They suffer the same arrogance of power that has characterised the ANC over the year and for which people are now removing it from power across the country”.
The EFF blamed the DA on the Mogale City debacle in which its members defied the instruction to to vote with the ANC. “It is true that even in Mogale City, the confusion was caused by the DA which in the end led to EFF councillors voting with the ANC. These symptoms of the arrogance of power show everywhere even in Johannesburg and Tshwane where they ignore consultation and sharing of decision-making.
“This arrogance borders on white supremacy because often relying on Maimane’s word as a leader proves futile unless James Selfe or John Steinhuisen are taken on board. Maimane seems incapable of leadership on his own; if political party leaders meet with the view to reach agreements on many issues, Maimane is incapable, on his own to take decisions without the supervision and guidance of James Selfe”.