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Election of Nqaba Bhanga as Nelson Mandela Bay mayor null and void – Eastern Cape Cogta MEC

Nqaba Bhanga addresses the media.

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  • Cogta MEC Xolile Nqatha has rejected the election of the DA’s Nqaba Bhanga as Nelson Mandela Bay mayor.
  • Bhanga was elected throughout a chaotic council sitting final week.
  • The MEC has known as for the reconvening of council to elect a mayor.

Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Xolile Nqatha has rejected the election of Nqaba Bhanga as Nelson Mandela Bay’s new mayor.

In a letter to Nelson Mandela Bay Speaker Buyelwa Mafaya, dated 8 December, Nqatha mentioned the division acquired a report from performing metropolis supervisor Anele Qaba on the council sitting on Friday that led to Bhanga’s election.

“According to the report, it clearly shows that the election of the acting speaker by councillors to preside over the election of an executive mayor was done in contravention of [the] terms of section 36 (3) of [the] Local Government: Municipal Structures Act, 1998. Neither the acting city manager nor a person designated by the MEC presided over the election of the acting speaker on 4 December. The election of the acting speaker was therefore wrongful, unlawful and null and void,” he mentioned.

News24 beforehand reported that Bhanga, the Eastern Cape DA chief, was elected as the brand new mayor throughout a chaotic council assembly on Friday.

His election adopted a marathon council assembly on the Port Elizabeth City Hall, which started at 11:00, and featured quite a few adjournments and excessive drama.Bhanga was the one nominee and was elected mayor at round 21:20.

The information was met with cheers and applause.

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Earlier that afternoon, a gaggle of males seemingly barged into the chamber and forcibly eliminated speaker Mafaya from her chair earlier than the vote was as a result of happen.Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality spokesperson Mthubanzi Mniki earlier instructed News24 the hybrid assembly was adjourned after a gaggle of males walked into the corridor and prompted a commotion.”… security guards had to come in and try to resolve the issue,” Mniki mentioned.Mafaya later logged again into the digital assembly and sounded shaken and emotional.

“I am in casualty at St George’s Hospital,” Mafaya mentioned whereas panting.”I am going to open a case after this [at Mount Road police station],” she mentioned.

Mafaya was changed by Patriotic Alliance councillor Marlon Daniels, who presided over the election of Bhanga.

Nqatha mentioned all motion taken by Daniels have been “null and void”.

“You are therefore requested to convene a special council meeting in order to comply with the court order urgently as your municipality does not have an executive mayor as the process leading to his appointment was tainted with flaws and not compliant with legislation,” Nqatha instructed Mafaya. 

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In a press release, the ANC regional activity staff condemned the occasions on the council sitting, saying it was characterised by gross criminality and an incident of gender-primarily based violence.

The ANC mentioned the use of teargas and violent bodily harassment, as nicely as threats towards Qaba and his household, should be harshly condemned. 

Regional activity staff coordinator Luyolo Nqakula mentioned the ANC has known as for the reconvening of council to re-elect a mayor.

“Equally we wish to reject the purported election of Bhanga as a mayor. The council decorum was undermined and compromised and resulted in the abortion of the meeting legally, procedurally and in line with the council rules of order (sic). The desperation of the DA and its allies to declare Bhanga as an executive mayor under purported acting speaker Daniels is not only flawed and unlawful as it is not in line with the Municipal Structures Act 117 of 1998 (36) (3).

“However, we perceive the thirst of the DA to style energy and cling to it even when it means that it’ll make use of scrupulous (sic) means as to achieve entry to sources and reverse the achievements of our motion,” Nqakula mentioned.

The response of the DA in Nelson Mandela Bay might be added to the story as soon as acquired.

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