MINORITY parties in Nelson Mandela Bay have vowed to mobilise residents to make the metro ungovernable, saying they would advocate civil disobedience and a rates boycott if the ANC continued to exclude them from crucial municipal decisions.
The smaller opposition parties – COPE, ACDP, UDM and PAC – made the damning statement after a council meeting, when library and traffic workers' salary increases were meant to have been discussed, was postponed at the eleventh hour because workers threatened to disrupt the meeting.
The workers are demanding a four-notch pay increase they were promised by mayor Ben Fihla's task team. The increases were supposed to have been approved last week, but opposition parties walked out of the council meeting in protest after clashing with the ANC on the establishment of the metro police and ward committees.
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