How Os­car sur­vived

NEC to make fi­nal de­ci­sion af­ter new task team probes Mabuyane elec­tion

Daily Dispatch - - Front Page - By ZINE GEORGE

OS­CAR Mabuyane will live to fight an­other day as ANC Eastern Cape chair­man, af­ter at­tempts to re­move him at the gov­ern­ing party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) meet­ing failed.

For now Mabuyane will con­tinue to lead the prov­ince while a seven-mem­ber task team – which the of­fi­cials have yet to ap­point – will de­scend on the prov­ince over the next two weeks for yet an­other fact-find­ing mis­sion on the events lead­ing to the elec­tion of the new pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee last month.

This team will then re­port to the NEC be­fore a fi­nal de­ci­sion is taken on whether the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (PEC) re­mains in of­fice or is dis­banded.

Mabuyane con­firmed to the Dis­patch yes­ter­day that he was still at the helm. “All I can say is that there is an elected ex­ec­u­tive in the prov­ince and it has not been dis­banded,” said Mabuyane.

The seven-mem­ber team will con­sist of four NEC mem­bers and three oth­ers for tech­ni­cal sup­port.

“They are to lis­ten to the ap­peal and in­ves­ti­gate all al­le­ga­tions on the dis­rup­tion and vi­o­lence in the con­fer­ence and pre­pare the re­port for the NEC,” added Mabuyane.

The NEC took the de­ci­sion to send the new task team af­ter day-and­night long de­lib­er­a­tions by both the na­tional work­ing com­mit­tee (NWC) and the for­mer. Drama be­gan on Fri­day when the NWC re­port was tabled to the NEC by sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe on Sat­ur­day.

The NWC is smaller but is an in­flu­en­tial struc­ture. It can­not take de­ci­sions, only rec­om­mend to the NEC – hence their re­port had to be tabled be­fore the 80-mem­ber NEC.

But that re­port was re­jected when NEC mem­bers com­plained that it lacked de­tail on why the con­tro­ver­sial elec­tive meet­ing held at the East Lon­don ICC turned vi­o­lent.

The NWC had to meet again on Sun­day morn­ing to pre­pare a new re­port for the NEC. Then the NEC met yes­ter­day once again, and af­ter hours of de­bat­ing both for and against Mabuyane, re­solved to let the dis­puted PEC con­tinue to lead party struc­tures in the prov­ince while the task team did its work.

Mean­while the task team will visit all re­gions that filed dis­putes and make rec­om­men­da­tions to the NEC, which will be meet­ing at the end of this month.

At the cen­tre of this run­ning bat­tle is a let­ter for­mer pro­vin­cial ANC chair­man Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle wrote a day af­ter Mabuyane was elected.

In it he chal­lenges the le­git­i­macy of the cre­den­tials for the con­fer­ence.

This was af­ter his sup­port­ers, who wanted him to serve a third term as ANC chair­man, left the con­fer­ence venue af­ter a fight in­volv­ing the throw­ing of chairs broke out be­tween the ri­val fac­tions.

Sev­eral meet­ings have been held in Jo­han­nes­burg and Cape Town and the ANC’s en­tire top six has vis­ited re­gions in the Eastern Cape.

But these have failed to yield a fi­nal res­o­lu­tion on the mat­ter.

Ma­su­alle and his group­ing are aligned to the cam­paign for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be­come the next ANC pres­i­dent. —

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