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ANC Eastern Cape accuses Trollip of neglecting townships, welcomes NEC intervention

Nov 16, 2017
ANC Eastern Cape accuses Trollip of neglecting townships, welcomes NEC intervention

In a statement on Wednesday, following the African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape's Special Provincial Working Committee (PWC) meeting in Port Elizabeth on Monday, the party said that struggle gains were being reversed in the Nelson Mandela Bay under the leadership of a Democratic Alliance (DA) led coalition.

The Special PWC meeting was preceded by bilateral meetings with the ANC Caucus in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality and the Alliance in the Nelson Mandela Region.

The PWC Bilateral with the ANC Caucus which was also attended by the ANC Nelson Mandela Regional Executive Committee (REC), received a Political Overview from the Deputy Provincial Chairperson, Mlungisi Mvoko, who amongst other issues highlighted the importance of unity in confronting the challenges currently facing the organization and the country.

"The meeting acknowledged the gains that are being reversed as a result of the ANC losing control of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality," said ANC EC Provincial Secretary, Lulama Ngcukayitobi.

"The ANC accepted the will of the people expressed in the 2016 local government elections, but however noted how the Democratic Alliance (DA), like it does in other municipalities where it governs, prioritizes affluent areas and ignores working class and poor communities, especially in relation to service delivery.

"This is also seen by the budget, which is skewed towards the historical constituencies, which were preserved for the white population in the apartheid era."

Ngcukayitobi said that the Nelson Mandela Bay African townships have been affected by electricity and water outages for the past five days due to a labour dispute unresolved by DA government in the Metro.

"Our communities have become spectators watching in the side-lines political bickering and meddling in the administration of the municipality by inept DA leadership led by [Athol] Trollip," he added.

"The ANC in the Province will work closely with the REC and the ANC Caucus in ensuring that the organization plays an effective role as the main opposition in the council.

"The meeting also called for the immediate implementation of separation of powers in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality in order to ensure that the Council holds the Executive accountable in matters of governance and service delivery."

Bilateral meeting with the Alliance

The PWC meeting with the South African Communist Party (SACP), Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), and the South African National Civics Organisation (SANCO) in the Nelson Mandela Region received input from the Provincial Deputy Secretary, Cadre Helen-Sauls August, who emphasized the need for a united, functional, and strong Alliance in order to advance, deepen, and defend the gains of our shared NDR.

"The meeting agreed that the challenges confronting the movement and our country today, require a collective effort of all components of the Alliance," said Ngcukayitobi.

"Factionalism, corporate capture of the movement characterised by the use of money to subvert democratic processes of the organisation, deep internal divisions, and other new erosive subcultures within our ranks, require a strong, functional, and united Alliance.

"The bilateral also noted the impact that restructuring has on industries in the Nelson Mandela Metro, especially as it relates to retrenchments, divestments, and the fragmentation of the working class."

He said that the PWC committed to work with the SACP, COSATU, and SANCO in the Province, in ensuring that we rebuild a campaigning, active, united, and vibrant Alliance in the Eastern Cape in general, and the Nelson Mandela Metro in particular. 
Special PWC meeting.

The special PWC meeting received an update on the Branch General Meetings (BGMs) held in preparation for the 54th National Conference of the of the ANC scheduled to take place in December.

"The PWC acknowledged the overall progress of BGMs held thus far in the Province, although a number of branches have not convened their meetings, especially in the Amathole, Nelson Mandela, and Joe Gqabi regions. The PWC welcomed the decision by the NEC to reinforce the REC and PEC deployees with team from the Organising Unit in ensuring that the deadline for BGMs is met," Ngcukayitobi described.

On Mnquma Local Municipality

He futher said that the PWC further received a report on the state of the Mnquma Local Municipality following reports of irregularities in a number of senior appointments and the resurgence of political instability within the municipality.

"The PWC fully supports the intervention by the MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), and will ensure that the recommendations are implemented by the ANC Caucus."

He said that the PWC further resolved to be more hands-on and play a direct oversight role over the Mnquma ANC Caucus in an effort to restore political stability to Municipality.

On chaotic elective conference 

"The PWC further welcomed the decision of the ANC NEC to put in place an NEC Task Team to process the appeal against the outcomes of the 8th Provincial Conference," Ngcukayitobi said.

The ANC NEC on Tuesday said that it had reflected at length on the Eastern Cape 8th Provincial Conference that was held in September.

According to ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, a number of reports were received in relation to the conference firstly, from the NEC deployees, who had been mandated to be part of preparations towards and during the conference.

"A second report from the newly elected PEC. Finally, a complaint of former PEC members which was subsequently changed into an appeal. NEC further considered the work done by the National Officials following receipt of the complaint," Mantashe said.

"The report noted the following concerns, that firstly there was violence which resulted in a number of comrades being injured. The NEC strongly condemns violence, threats and destruction of property.This conduct flies against ANC tradition, values and culture. The NEC expressed its deepest sympathy to the comrades who were injured.

"Serious allegations were also made of a premeditated plan to collapse the conference . The NEC is unequivocal on the need to ensure that all incidents that took place will be investigated expeditiously. This includes identifying those responsible for inciting violence. The NEC condemns the use of violence as a means to win any nomination or election at all costs."

Mantashe said that the NEC resolved to institute an appeal panel in the Eastern Cape which will be composed of four (4) NEC members supported by three (3) technical resource persons. The four NEC members are Comrades Sbu Ndebele (Chairperson), Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Joyce Moloi-Moropa and Sdumo Dlamini.

According to Ngcukayitobi; "The PWC will ensure that all structures and members of the ANC in the Province cooperate with the process commissioned by the NEC, and stressed that the process must also be used to strengthen unity of the ANC in the Province."