Two former Nelson Mandela Bay mayors skipped their third consecutive council meeting yesterday since the new administration took over.
ANC councillor Danny Jordaan and the United Front’s Zanoxolo Wayile did not turn up to yesterday’s full council meeting as they were apparently on leave.
Neither Jordaan nor Wayile responded to phone calls and messages sent to them yesterday.
But ANC caucus whip, councillor Litho Suka, said Jordaan had applied for a month’s leave and would return to the council.
United Front regional secretary Mkhuseli Mtsila said they were concerned about Wayile’s absence as this meant the party had no voice in the council.
Suka said Jordaan applied for a month’s leave immediately after he was booked off sick.
“Remember, we were not going to have a council meeting this month,” Suka said.
Yesterday’s meeting was scheduled on the council’s calendar of meetings.
Asked whether Jordaan would attend the next council meeting, Suka said: “He is supposed to. After his leave is finished he will return.
“Danny is a councillor in the metro. He is not going anywhere.” Mtsila said Wayile missed the meetings because he was out of the country.
“He was doing international trips which were arranged prior to the elections. That is why he was absent from all the meetings,” Mtsila said.
However, the regional leadership would meet this week to discuss how Wayile’s absence from the council affected the party.