Battle for NMB: PA throws support behind Athol Trollip

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FILE: Democratic Alliance's Athol Trollip was elected uncontested as Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.

PORT ELIZABETH - The DA may have to change political bedfellows if it wants to save Athol Trollip as Nelson Mandela Bay mayor.

The Patriotic Alliance says it will help save the embattled mayor -- only if the party’s Marlon Daniels becomes deputy mayor.

This may be a blow to the EFF’s plan to remove the DA from power in a motion of confidence vote scheduled for Thursday.

The DA has 57 votes in the Nelson Mandela Bay Council.

READ: Malema to address rally ahead of Trollip ousting

This number will swell up to 59 with the support of its coalition partners, the ACDP and Cope.

The PA’s one vote gives Trollip 60 votes – which ties with the ANC, EFF and UDM partnership.

The law states that in the event of a tie, the speaker gets the deciding vote.

Meanwhile, EFF Leader Julius Malema is expected to address a rally in the city.