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More than two years later, ANC Nelson Mandela Bay could have a Regional body

MARCH 10, 2017
More than two years later, ANC Nelson Mandela Bay could have a Regional body

The much-anticipated African National Congress (ANC) Nelson Mandela Bay Regional Congress will kick-off on Friday and conclude over the weekend. The conference is expected to, among other things, form a new Regional Executive Committee for the party in the region. 

The party has been led by a Task Team after the Regional Executive Committee was disbanded by President Jacob Zuma back in December 2014 following years of political infighting that was crippling service delivery at City Hall.

President Zuma then appointed the Task Team to rectify divisions within the local ANC as well as to report details specific problems relating to housing, sanitation and the integrated public transport system in the Metro.

Still, that was not enough to save the party from a bruisng defeat during the 2016 Local Government Elections.

Some observers then had said the move to dissolve the Regional Executive Committee indicated that the ANC was aware that it could lose control of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to the opposition in the elections.

Following the elections, the ANC has indicated that it is going back to the grassroots to put its house in order and win the confidence of the local electorate.

The party hopes that it will bounce back and boot out the Democratic Alliance (DA)-led coalition that is currently leading the Bay in the next Local Government Elections.

Among the front runners for Regional Chairperson is the party's, Andile Lungisa, who has not hidden his intentions to lead the party in the Bay. He is also a member of the ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee.

Lingisa's term as a Councillor at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has not been perfect as 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.