Lungisa’s march­ing or­ders

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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.

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