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ANC Eastern Cape going ahead with induction of new PEC

Oct 12, 2017
ANC Eastern Cape going ahead with induction of new PEC

Despite efforts to interdict the African National Congress (ANC) Eastern Cape's new Provincial Executive Committee, which was elected at the recently held 8th Provincial Elective Conference, by some disgruntled members, the party is this weekend going ahead with an induction for the new body.

The event is slated for Sunday at the Dan Country Lodge, in Mthatha.

"The induction of the new ANC PEC members coincides with the first two day meeting of the PEC following the 8th ANC EC Provincial Conference that took place in East London recently" the party said.

Former ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary, Oscar Mabuyane, sweeped to victory and became the new ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson after beating Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, in elections held at the conference held at the East London ICC at the end of September.

The conference itself saw delays as delegates caused interruptions leading to 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 it is the ANC's second largest province by membership after the KwaZulu-Natal. Thus, Ramaphosa's camp won a huge victory ahead of the ANC National Elective conference in December.

An application by disgruntled ANC members, which sought to interdict the party's 8th Eastern Cape elective conference, was early this month struck off the roll by the East London High Court.

Addressing the media after the ruling, Sauls August said that the new PEC is happy about the outcome as it was what they expected.

"...we pray that now some sense of normality will now return," she said.

"The focus is now on rebuilding the branches and unity - we will go back and extend an olive branch to those, who were supporting the other group."