Gonu­bie ANC rages against PEC

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ZINGISA MVUMVU

ANC mem­bers in Gonu­bie’s ward 27 ac­cuse the party’s Eastern Cape bosses of im­pos­ing a can­di­date on them for next month’s by-elec­tions.

While res­i­dents and party mem­bers say they want Vuy­isile Hok­isi to stand for the Novem­ber 2 by-elec­tions, Calata House be­lieves Boy-Boy Kalane is the right man to re­tain the ward, which in­cludes Mzamomhle, Gonu­bie West, Gonu­bie North and Quen­era North.

The by-elec­tions were called after former coun­cil­lor Bhelekazi Ma­bandla re­signed after she had in­cor­rectly reg­is­tered with the IEC as the ward 27 coun­cil­lor-can­di­date in­stead of be­ing a can­di­date for ward 28 be­fore last year’s mu­nic­i­pal polls.

The dead­line to sub­mit can­di­date names with the IEC was on Tues­day and res­i­dents claim that ANC Dr W B Rubu­sana re­gion bosses ig­nored them when they told them they wanted Hok­isi to stand.

ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Lu­lama Ngcukaitobi told the Daily Dis­patch yes­ter­day they were cor­rect­ing last year’s er­ror when Ma­bandla was cap­tured as the ward’s can­di­date in­stead of Kalane.

Res­i­dents ad­mit­ted that last year they had agreed that Kalane should be fielded, but said they changed their minds and now wanted Hok­isi.

They have now vowed to shut down “ev­ery­thing” in the ward, start­ing with BCM mayor Xola Pakati’s may­oral im­bizo at Mzamomhle Hall to­day.

They have also threat­ened that no party would be al­lowed to cam­paign in the area and that they would dis­rupt vot­ing on Novem­ber 2.

Res­i­dents’ spokesman Me­likhaya Mpukumpa said: “Yes, we en­dorsed Kalane last Au­gust but that was then [and] we have since changed as per the lat­est BGM, wherein we de­cided that com­rade Hok­isi is our pre­ferred can­di­date.” —

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