Lungisa’s marching orders
Port Elizabeth ANC leader Andile Lungisa is set to defy an ANC instruction to vacate the regional chairperson position to which he was irregularly elected last weekend.
The ANC’s top six officials decided on Monday that Lungisa must step down because he had violated the party’s constitution, which states that a provincial executive committee member cannot simultaneously hold a position in the region.
Zizi Kodwa confirmed that the top six officials had written to the province.
“The instruction is to inform Andile Lungisa to step down as the chairperson of the Nelson Mandela region, as he was elected in contravention of the ANC constitution,” said Kodwa.
The provincial secretary of the ANC in the Eastern Cape, Oscar Mabuyane, confirmed conveying the instruction.
“We have requested them [the regional executive committee and Lungisa] to act according to the instruction, which clearly states that he shouldn’t be in that collective,” Mabuyane said.
But Lungisa will not accept his marching orders, saying his situation “is unique”.
“The issue of the Nelson Mandela region is different from others because here we are on a revolutionary cause to reclaim the metro [from the DA],” said Lungisa.
“Even if there existed a clause that prohibits a member from doing what I did, we are a liberation movement and, in this case, there would have been an exception to the rule. There are exceptions to every rule,” he said.
He said members cannot be expected to succumb to everything said by leadership, by virtue of their being leadership.
“I sit in the constitutional amendments in all conferences of the ANC, so it is unlikely that I can misinterpret the constitution,” explained Lungisa.
He said each rule in the constitution must be read together with other related rules for proper context.
“We must assess what kind of leaders are needed in each space and not limit the local needs only to issues of rules. In political terms, what do you say in a case where the membership say this is the kind of leadership to take this region forward?
“Surely you cannot open a book of rules in that case. You must analyse the situation in political terms,” he stated.
Lungisa has a trump card up his sleeve, in the name of the respected Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, whom he said he would call on to defend his cause when the need arose.