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Ill-discipline won't be tolerated within the ANC: Mabuyane

Nov 6, 2017
Ill-discipline won't be tolerated within the ANC: Mabuyane

Newly-elected African National Congress (ANC) Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, over the weekend said that ill-discipline would not be tolerated in the movement and also appealed for unity.

Mabuyane, together with members of his newly-elected Provincial Executive Committee (PEC), visited the Nelson Mandela Bay Region on a tour that saw him address stakeholders at the Bayworld Museum, in Sumerstrand, and laying a wreaths at the Paapenkuils Cemetary, at Korsten, and at the Emlotheni Memorial Park, at New Brighton, in Port Elizabeth.

The visit is part of a series of palnned visits to all regions of the ANC by the recently elected PEC.

Speaking after the wreath laying a Emlotheni Memorial Park, Mabuyane reminded those in attendance that South Africa's liberation did not come cheap.

"Those that are in charge must continue to make a difference in our people's lives. This day helps us to think deep and begin to ask ourselves where do we come from? This day brings back memories.

"To me, this ensures that a political education must be culminated to our regeneration. These are people that did everything for us, families were parished. We are in charge, ANC must govern, actually we must inspire before we expire," he said.

He appealed to party faithfuls to help correct perceptions that are out there.

"Today is a day of revival. This liberation was not delivered in a silver platter. From here, we will receive remains of our comrades at Nongoza Jebe Hall.

"We want to close the gap. We are a province that is called a 'Home of Legends' because of the comrades that fought tirelessly for our liberation," Mabuyane said.

Speaking over the weekend at Bayworld in Summerstrand, Mabuyane also called on ANC leaders and members to rise to the occasion as the party concludes the Year of OR Tambo commemorations.

Mabuyane said that the ANC is a liberation movement and ANC members must behave as such.

"The ANC is not going to tolerate ill-discipline ... Anarchists thrive in anarchy. If you don't respect yourself, you will never respect the ANC," he described.

"We are here because ANC provides hope to many South Africans. We are here in the Nelson Mandela Bay Region because we want to build a better 2019.

"It's so unfortunate that the Nelson Mandela Bay Region has a history of not accepting outcomes of the conference. This has caused us a societal deficiency," said Mabuyane.

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Mabuyane and his PEC have faced challenges from a faction in the ANC Eastern Cape that is apparently unhappy about their election at the ANC Eastern Cape 8th Eastern Cape Elective Conference that took place at end of September. 

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

In the end, Mabuyane emerged as the new ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson after beating Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, by 935 votes to Masualle's 7.

That PEC had to face a court challenge in the East London High Court, a day after the conference. The court struck the challenge off the roll

In October, the PEC announced its endorsement of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as its preferred candidate to succeed President Jacob Zuma, who steps down in December.

Last week, Ramaphosa denied apologising for addressing the controversial conference.

He said that ANC has been about sacrifice and an organisation of members.

"We grew up in this is an organisation. No amount of anarchy is going to stop the work of this provincial elected leadership. We are at each other's throat and in the process we lose sight of good things.

"We are here at Nelson Mandela, we got back the Nelson Mandela University. That university is a huge community. Nelson Mandela is the priority political area of the ANC."

He emphasised that ANC is a home to a festival of ideas, hence debates are normal.

"The conference elected the leadership, there are disputes and concerns that are submitted, but that does not mean there is no elected provincial leadership," said Mabuyane.

"Unity is going to be produced by the process of the organisation".

Speaking to reporters, newly-elected ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary, Lulama Ngcukayitobi, said according to the plan of the PEC, the organisational visit should have started at Alfred Nzo Region, but that was overturned by governmental programmes.

He said these visits are part of entrenching organisational renewal.

"Nelson Mandela Bay Region was second in the list. These ongoing visits are part of entrenching the organisational renewal," said Ngcukayitobi.

The Nelson Mandela Acting Regional Chaiperson, Phumzile Tshuni, applauded the PEC for visiting the region.