"Mr. Trollip is still the executive mayor", emphasized DA Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga Monday night.
He spoke after a board meeting of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality where Athol Trollip's arch enemy of the UDM, Mongameli Bobani, was voted to replace him.
According to Bhanga, there was no meeting because local councilor Johann Mettler had interrupted the meeting earlier.
On Monday morning, the speaker Johnathan Lawack was removed from the DA coalition after a vote of no confidence was brought against him. It succeeded with one vote after DA council member Victor Manyati abstained from voting.
Read more here: Nelson Mandela Bay speaker removed in the no-confidence motion
Shortly after this motion, during a pause, the DA presented a letter to Mettler, stating that Manyati had been expelled from the party.
After he had obtained legal advice, Mettler stated that Manyati, who at that time was with ANC councilors and not his DA colleagues, was not a council member.
On this statement the councilors of the DA and its coalition partners jumped up and danced and left the room.
The council should choose a new speaker, after which a vote of no confidence in Trollip would have been heard.
Mettler said the meeting had no quorum and could not continue.
Several council members of the opposition complained.
The opposition councilors waited until Eastern Cape MEC for cooperative governance and traditional business Fikile Xasa sent an officer to preside over the meeting.
When the official went on with the meeting, after he had determined that there was a quorum, Buyelwa Mafaya was elected as speaker and continued with a motion of no confidence in Trollip, brought by the EFF. Every council member present supported it.
After Trollip was removed, Bobani was unanimously elected mayor.
Last year Bobani was removed as deputy mayor after a vote of no confidence was brought to him, after a confused relationship between him and Trollip. The UDM gave him a warning in April after an alleged altercation with COPE MP Deidre Carter.
After his election, Bobani continued to appoint his mayoral committee.
"The council members of the opposition simply practiced to sit in the government," Bhanga said. "There was no meeting [on Monday afternoon]. "
He said that they would just continue with their work. They fill the vacancy left by Manyati and then choose a new speaker.
When asked if they would go to court, he said they would use the constitution if someone tried to stop them from doing their job.
Trollip survived several attempts to remove him.
In February, after the DA had not supported the motion of EFF on expropriation without compensation in the National Assembly, EFF leader Julius Malema said that they would drive Trollip to punish the DA and "break the throat of whiteness".