DA welcomes court interdict against NMB government system change

Issued by Andrew Whitfield MP – DA EC Provincial Leader
15 Jun 2023 in News

The DA welcomes the decision by the Gqeberha High Court to interdict the MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Zolile Willians, from imposing a Section 12 change of government in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

Today, 15 June 2023, the court granted an interdict against a Section 12 amendment of the Municipal Structures Act, that would have changed the system of government from a mayoral executive to a collective executive system.

This decision is a victory for the residents of the Metro, who voted to rid themselves of a corrupt ANC government.

The DA’s application to the court is in two parts, the second of which will now continue in court.

Part B challenges the MEC’s decision to change the municipality’s system of governance, arguing that not only is MEC Williams’s decision politically motivated, but the reasons he gave for his decision are irrational and have no merit.

Under an executive committee system the 10-party committee will consist of the DA and ANC (4 seats each), and the EFF and Northern Alliance (NA) with one seat each.

This will only legalise and entrench an ANC-EFF alliance supported by Gary van Niekerk of the Northern Alliance and will lead to further instability in NMB.

The DA remains committed to building strong and stable coalition governments and will continue to work with other parties on an issue-by-issue basis.

We will continue to fight for the people of Nelson Mandela Bay, to ensure they get the services they are entitled to. We will not be deterred by those whose sole intent is to loot with impunity and bring this city to ruin.

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