Mabuyane re­mains in charge

De­spite protests Os­car-led PEC still at the helm

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ZINE GE­ORGE

OS­CAR Mabuyane re­mains the ANC pro­vin­cial chair­man, the party’s na­tional spokesman Zizi Kodwa an­nounced yes­ter­day.

This fol­lows back-to-back meet­ings on Mon­day and Wed­nes­day which saw na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) de­ploy­ees tabling a re­port be­fore the top six na­tional of­fi­cials.

They, in turn, fol­lowed a com­plaint filed by former pro­vin­cial chair­man Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle and some former pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) mem­bers in a 29page let­ter dated Oc­to­ber 3.

In the let­ter the group chal­lenged the cre­den­tials of those who at­tended and elected the Mabuyaneled PEC dur­ing the three-day con­fer­ence held at the East London ICC two weeks ago.

In the let­ter they cited 14 cases of branches whose sta­tus at the con­fer­ence was ques­tion­able.

These in­cluded com­plaints about wards 6, 9, 11, 19, 21, 28 and 29 in Ingquza Hill sub-re­gion of the O R Tambo re­gion.

The of­fi­cials met with the former lead­ers on Mon­day and that was fol­lowed by yet an­other heated meet­ing be­tween the top of­fi­cials, after the NEC de­ploy­ees tabled their of­fi­cial re­port on events lead­ing to the elec­tion of the new Eastern Cape ANC lead­er­ship.

“There is a lead­er­ship elected by the con­fer­ence. There is a com­plaint from former PEC mem­bers. That does not nul­lify the elected lead­er­ship of the con­fer­ence. That is why the PEC will con­tinue do­ing its work,” said Kodwa.

He con­firmed to the Dis­patch yes­ter­day that at Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing held in Cape Town, Mabuyane and deputy sec­re­tary He­len SaulsAu­gust were also sum­moned to an­swer ques­tions.

These re­lated to al­le­ga­tions that del­e­gates who were sup­posed to at­tend the con­fer­ence had been left out and some of those who did at­tend were not sup­posed to at­tend the con­fer­ence. The two formed the sec­re­tariat and were there­fore re­spon­si­ble for the ad­min­is­tra­tion of con­fer­ence prepa­ra­tions.

There was spec­u­la­tion that the Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma-led top of­fi­cials would rule on the mat­ter, and nul­lify the newly elected struc­ture.

But Kodwa re­as­sured ANC mem­bers yes­ter­day that Mabuyane re­mained at the helm.

“The of­fi­cials have called ev­ery­body be­cause there are many al­le­ga­tions that have arisen at the con­fer­ence.

“Since Mon­day and Wed­nes­day, the of­fi­cials have been lis­ten­ing to com­plaints made by the PEC as led by Phu­mulo [Ma­su­alle].

“Then they re­ceived a re­port from NEC de­ploy­ees. That meet­ing con­tin­ued [on Wed­nes­day].

“They also in­vited the former sec­re­tary and deputy sec­re­tary in their ca­pac­ity as of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble to ad­min­is­ter the con­fer­ence,” added Kodwa.

The Dis­patch can re­veal to­day that newly elected pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Lu­lama Ngcukay­i­tobi has since in­vited the me­dia to a press con­fer­ence at Dan’s Lodge on Sun­day.

This would be after the new 35mem­ber PEC is taken through in­duc­tion. Kodwa, as head of NEC de­ploy­ees, will also at­tend.

“I’m in no po­si­tion to com­ment on the PEC’s other pro­grammes.

“But what I know is that I am in­vited to a PEC meet­ing on Sun­day,” said Kodwa. — DDC

Pic­ture: ALAN EA­SON

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