The political standoff in Nelson Mandela Bay continues to unravel, with opposition still at loggerheads.
Leader of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), Bantu Holomisa wrote a scathing letter to his counterparts at the Democratic Alliance (DA), Congress of the People (COPE), African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and Freedom Front Plus (FF+).
The parties had written to Holomisa, giving him until 1 September 2018 to motivate why his party should not be kicked out of the coalition agreement.
This is after the DA’s Athol Trollip and Jonathan Lawack were ousted as Mayor and Council Speaker respectively, in August 2018, through two motions of no confidence votes in the chambers. The UDM’s Mongameli Bobani, whom at some stage was Trollip’s deputy, was chosen as his successor.
In a statement, Holomisa recounted the allegations made against Bobani and lashed out at the DA leadership, further calling on them to apologise to the new mayor.
“We have written to Mr Maimane in the past to demand that the DA and he must apologise to the UDM and Mr Bobani. He has not responded”, Holomisa said.
The UDM leader also slammed the Patriotic Alliance (PA)
“You should be ashamed of yourselves. Now that you are out in the cold, you suddenly notice the UDM and try to blame us; yet you know very well that the DA is the sole reason for your fall. The UDM says stew in your own juice”
Holomisa added that: “The UDM calls on the coalition partners to be honest with themselves and acknowledge that the DA has treated all of us like we are second class citizens and junior partners in the coalition”