Nqaba Bhanga Nelson Mandela Bay mayor

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The DA’s Nqaba Bhanga re-elected Nelson Mandela Bay mayor

The DA’s Nqaba Bhanga is returning as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay after a legal bid by the Cooperative Governance MEC in December 2020 cut his tenure short

Nqaba Bhanga Nelson Mandela Bay mayor

Photo via Twitter: @DA_ECapePD

The leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape Nqaba Bhanga has been re-elected as the mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay.

Bhanga had been elected mayor in December 2020, however this was declared invalid by the Eastern Cape Cooperative Governance MEC Xolile Nqatha.

During Bhanga’s election, chaos ensued in the council and speaker Buyelwa Mafaya was forcefully removed from chambers. Patriotic Alliance councillor Marlon Daniels was subsequently named acting speaker – which Nqatha said was wrong and formed the basis of his decision.

On 19 January 2021, the Port Elizabeth high court ordered Mafaya to ensure the meeting took place before Friday, with the election of a mayor the only item on the agenda.

Out of 119 council votes, Bhanga received 62 votes while his opponent, EFF councillor and the party’s regional chair Amandlangawethu Madaka received 57.

DA: ‘We decided to put Nelson Mandela Bay first’

The DA’s Andrew Whitfield said he had always known that they would win.

“The DA remains convinced that we had a strong enough case to win this court battle, but decided to put Nelson Mandela Bay residents first, opting not to waste valuable taxpayer money on a long, drawn-out legal battle with MEC Nqatha,” Whitfield said.

He added that they would now be able to focus on important matters, mainly governing Nelson Mandela Bay.

“The multi-party coalition can now focus on the business of the day without the distraction of frivolous court cases and ANC political infighting with the only goal of lining the pockets of cadres,” he further said.

Nqatha has congratulated Bhanga and said he was looking forward to working with him in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

“I wish to congratulate Mr Nqaba Bhanga for his election and wishing him all the best in his lawful election as political head of the institution. I am of the firm view that good governance cannot be secured based on powergrab but only through a democratic and due process which can help build foundations for stability in the interest of the people of the metro. I look forward in working with the metro leadership in strengthening Cooperative Governance, “said MEC Nqatha.

Nelson Mandela Bay had been without a mayor since the ousting of the late Mongameli Bobani, through a motion of no confidence vote.