Athol Trollip heads to court today to contest his removal as mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.
Trollip was removed through a motion of no confidence lodged by the ANC, EFF and UDM. Former deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani was elected as mayor with no DA councillors nor any of its coalition partners present, except for Victor Manyati.
Manyati abstained during the vote of no confidence in speaker Jonathan Lawack and in turn, was expelled from the DA.
The parties also believe that the election of Buyelwa Mafaya as speaker was not lawful.
Mafaya was elected speaker and continued with the motion of no confidence after opposition councillors waited until Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Fikile Xasa sent an official to manage the proceedings.
The DA claims that the entire process was not per the Municipal Structures Act.