Will defiant Andile Lungisa resign as ANC Nelson Mandela Bay chairman?
The African National Congress' (ANC) new Nelson Mandela Bay Chairperson, Andile Lungisa, must resign on Thursday or he will have to face the ANC's disciplinary committee for misconduct.
Speaking in an interview that was posted on the ANC Eastern Cape's Facebook page, ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary, Oscar Mabuyane, said that the ANC's Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) was also caught off-guard by Lungisa's decision to contest the regional congress.
Mabuyane said that since last year, Lungisa had denied rumours of him being nominated to contest in the election and he was well aware of the PEC's position on the matter, which was re-emphasized to him and other ANC cadres.
He said that on top of that, ahead of the regional congress, ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, did advise regions on what the party's Constitution says - it forbids leaders in higher positions from competing for positions at lower levels.
Despite all this, Lungisa shocked every one and went ahead to accept nomination and went on to win the election as new Chairperson. Lungisa beat his rivalTony Duba by 14 votes after garnering 71 votes.
Mabuyane said that the PEC met with the newly constituted Nelson Mandela Bay Regional Exceutive Committee (REC) and discussed with them, among other things, Lungisa's chairmanship.
It was then agreed that he cannot remain in the position and was sent a letter on Tuesday advising him that he should resign.
Mabuyane also said, unlike Lungisa's arguments that it was wityhin his rights, the party was ultimately had the final say and its constitution must be upheld.
Lungisa has reportedly been adamant that only the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) can reverse his election and not the PEC.
It remains to be seen whether he will resign by end of business on Thursday.
Mabuyane said if he does not resign, the ANC consitution specifically spells out defiance of party orders as misconduct and they will take it from there.
Lungisa is a former National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) head and a former ANC Youth League deputy. He was elected to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Council following the August 2016 Local Government Elections.
He was identified as the person, who threw a water glass that landed Democratic Alliance (DA) Portfolio Councillor for Roads and Transport, Rayno Kayser, in hospital with a deep cut to the head following a brawl at Council Meeting in October last year.
Under Lungisa are:
1. Deputy Chairperson - Phumzile Tshuni
2. Secretary - Themba Xathula
3.Deputy Secretary - Desiree Davids
4.Treasury- Mbulelo Gidane
Despite, Lungisa defying Mantashe, his election was endorsed by President Jacob Zuma, who visited the conference and said Lungisa had shown "quality, energy, and consistency", which is what the party needs.
Zuma said the party finds itself in trying times and needs leaders, who can deliver on programmes and policies. In Lungisa's case, the majority had spoken.
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