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ANC Nelson Mandela Bay elects Lungisa defying directive from Mantashe

Mar 13, 2017
ANC Nelson Mandela Bay elects Lungisa defying directive from Mantashe

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Nelson Mandela Bay region will now focus on winning back the ground it lost to the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led coalition following a successful weekend conference that saw a new Regional Executive Committee (REC) elected - the last one was disbanded in 2014.

Despite a letter from ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, advising the party's secretaries that the ANC’s constitution forbids party members in higher positions from contesting for lower posts, Andile Lungisa, who was an ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) , went on to win the Chairmanship of the new REC.

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 on Sunday, who said he 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. Lungisa beat his rivalTony Duba by 14 votes after garnering 71 votes.

It remains to be seen how the ANC's Eastern Cape PEC and Mantashe's will repsond to Lungisa's election.

Speaking to reporters at the conference Lungisa said that the new REC will immediately take on the current administration led by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, over service delivery to townships, where apparently some residents have been cut off for not paying their bills.