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Oscar Mabuyane sweeps to ANC Eastern Cape chairmanship, but now faces court challenge

Oct 1, 2017
Oscar Mabuyane sweeps to ANC Eastern Cape chairmanship, but now faces court challenge

Former African National Congress (ANC) Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary, Oscar Mabuyane, is the new ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson after beating Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, in elections held at the 8th  Eastern Provincial Conference held at the East London ICC over the weekend.

The conference was not without incident as it suffered from delaysas well as violence that saw around eight delegates in hospital.

With 935 votes, Mabuyane clearly beat Masualle, who got only seven votes while there where ?three spoilt ballots and one abstention.

Cacadu Development Agency CEO and former Mayor of the then Cacadu District Municipality (now the Sarah Baartman District Municipality), Mlungisi Mvoko emerged as the new ANC Eastern Cape Deputy Chairperson after beating Sakhumzi Somyo, who is the MEC for Eastern Cape Economic Development Environmental Affairs and Tourism, by 932 votes to five. There were three spoilt ballots and 10 abstentions.

Lulama Ngcukayitobi beat Andile Lungisa by 931 votes to three to win the position of ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary.

Meanwhile, Helen August again beat Lungisa by 933 votes to one in the race to become ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Deputy Secretary.

Babalo Madikizela got 936 votes to become ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Treasurer.

The contest between Masualle and Mabuyane is widely seen as a microcosm of the national contest for President Jacob Zuma's successor between Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, and President Zuma's preferred candidate, who is also his ex-wife, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Reports suggest that Mabuyane is in Ramaphosa's camp while Masualle is in the Dlamnini-Zuma camp.

The Eastern Cape conference is important in that the Eastern Cape is the ANC's second largest province by membership after the KwaZulu-Natal.

Thus, Ramaphosa's camp has won a huge victory ahead of the ANC National Elective conference in December.

Still, Mabuyane on Sunday confirmed that he has filed a response to a court challenge to the validity of his election.

Delegates supporting outgoing chairperson, Masualle, apparently made a court application in the East London Magistrate's Court to nullify Mabuyane's election.