As speculation mounts that the relationship between the UDM and DA is hanging by a thread in Nelson Mandela Bay, both mayor Athol Trollip and his deputy, Mongameli Bobani, insisted yesterday that the coalition is still intact.
The rift between the two was laid bare in a letter Bobani sent to UDM president Bantu Holomisa earlier this month, in which the deputy mayor complained that he felt disrespected by Trollip who disregarded his advice.
A meeting Trollip and DA leader Mmusi Maimane had with EFF leader Julius Malema on Friday also aroused suspicion that the DA was trying to partner with the EFF in the Bay.
This, as the relationship between Trollip and Bobani is believed to be becoming increasingly strained.
The DA and EFF were unwilling to say what was discussed at Friday’s meeting.
Trollip said he did not discuss internal party matters with the media, while EFF national spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said there was nothing to comment on at the moment.
Meanwhile, a statement attributed to Trollip that was widely circulated on social media yesterday has been dismissed by both Trollip and Bobani as fake.
The letter claims the EFF has agreed to play a strategic role in the governance of the metro.
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