PORT ELIZABETH – The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday ended membership of its Nelson Mandela Bay councilor Victor Manyati.
This after Manyati betrayed his party by abstaining from a vote in which the spokesman Jonathan Lawack was removed from the Council.
Municipal administrator Johan Mettler is now a council meeting and has since then obtained legal advice about the scope of his authority. Mettler said his authority only extended to chairing the election of a new speaker.
According to legal advice, Mettler does not have the authority to suspend the meeting.
Meanwhile, in a letter read by Mettler, DA federal executive chairman James Selfe indicated that the party ended the membership of Manyati after he publicly stated that he would leave the party.
In the letter, Selfe asked Mettler to declare a vacancy.
Earlier on Monday, Manyati said he would not vote with the DA on another motion, including a motion that was submitted to have Mayor Athol remove Trollip.
"I made a sober decision not to vote with the DA today, I have personal reasons.
"I need change in this metro, in fact I need change, not just in the metro, but in the whole country."
Manyati said he would leave the prosecutor and claimed that black council members were unhappy at the party.
The motion against the Speaker was submitted by Mongameli Bobani, the UDM (UDM) of the Democratic People's Movement.
The counted votes were 59 against and 60 for the movement.
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African news agency (ANA)