The EFF will present a motion of no confidence in Mayor Athol Trollip in Port Elizabeth on 29 March 2018.
Yet none of the opposition parties in support of the motion are making any mention of what policy changes they are proposing.
Nor is there any mention of how they will better service delivery in the Metro, should the motion be successful.
DA Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson Andrew Whitfield says that the rising red tide of populism is the greatest threat facing our constitutional democracy today.
“In Nelson Mandela Bay this manifests itself in a motion of no confidence against the DA-led coalition government by the EFF motivated on unconstitutional grounds – the fact that the mayor is white,” said Whitfield.
This is the real battle taking place in Nelson Mandela Bay.
“Not one of the political parties trying to capture Nelson Mandela Bay has actually spelt out how they will govern better and nobody is asking: why?
Surely this is the least they can do as they try to usurp power while avoiding the ballot box.
Surely, the people of the Metro have a right to know what their governance and delivery blueprint is and how they will align the plans of all six parties into a credible manifesto?
This is why elections are so important. They offer voters a choice.
When there is a hostile takeover outside of elections, such as in Nelson Mandela Bay, there is no need to consult the voters.
The people of Nelson Mandela Bay decisively rejected the corrupt ANC at the ballot box during the 2016 local government elections with 59.1% of voters choosing to vote for other political parties.
They made it clear, through their vote, that they wanted total change,” added Whitfield.
Under the leadership of Athol Trollip, the coalition government is turning the Metro into a well-run city where the people come first.
In little more than 18 months, the DA led Coalition has managed to:
– Connect 12000 residents to running water and toilets for the first time;
– Create more than 5000 much- needed Expanded Public Works (EPWP) job opportunities by the end of the financial year;
– Made NMB safer by introducing a metro police department with 114 new, quality officers.
– Fight corruption by ensuring that those caught up in corrupt activities face the full might of the law;
– Recover millions of rand from and freezing of corrupt contracts;
– Stabilise the administration by appointing competent executive directors through a fair process.
Some of the ongoing projects are:
– More than 30 roads across the metro are either being resurfaced, rehabilitated or tarred. Looking back, 55000m² of road surface was refurbished or tarred in the 2016-17 financial year;
– The metro has strengthened its fight against illegal dumping with the unveiling of three unmarked cars and a specialised vehicle with state-of- the-art surveillance equipment;
– The Motherwell Fire Station upgrade is 50% complete.
A total of R6-million will be spent over three years on upgrading and improving facilities at the Motherwell Fire Station.
It will service Motherwell, Wells Estate, Bluewater Bay and Coega IDZ.
“We are proud of the progress we have started to make and are confident that if allowed to govern for the rest of our elected term of office Nelson Mandela Bay will be a beacon of hope.
The people of Nelson Mandela Bay deserve stability through leadership based on a universal set of constitutional values and principles.
The DA-led coalition will keep delivering services to the people and if removed from government, our councillors will take their seats in the opposition benches to keep fighting for the rights of the people of the metro,” concluded Whitfield.