ANC Bay lead­er­ship de­ci­sion fi­nal

The Herald (South Africa) - - News - Zine Ge­orge and Lizeka Tandwa

ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule is call­ing on party mem­bers in Nel­son Man­dela Bay to fo­cus on at­tract­ing more votes for the party, as the de­ci­sion to dis­band the Port El­iz­abeth struc­ture is fi­nal.

The party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive en­dorsed the dis­band­ing of the trou­bled re­gional ex­ec­u­tive struc­ture in Oc­to­ber, fol­low­ing re­ports of deep-rooted di­vi­sions in the ANC's struc­tures in the re­gion.

The re­gion wrote to Ma­gashule, ap­peal­ing against the dis­band­ing, and he ini­tially re­sponded that a mo­ra­to­rium had been placed on dis­solv­ing re­gions.

At the week­end, how­ever, Ma­gashule con­firmed that the Nel­son Man­dela Bay re­gion is dis­banded. Ma­gashule said: “We cor­rected that after en­gage­ments with the provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive and the re­gion.

“We also re­ceived in­struc­tions from the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive (NEC).

“There is a stand­ing NEC de­ci­sion that they are dis­banded.”

ANC provin­cial chair Os­car Mabuyane had pre­vi­ously said that the provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive would pri­ori­tise the trou­bled re­gion. Mabuyane said his ex­ec­u­tive and the task team in the re­gion were work­ing hard to get the re­gion back on track.

“It has been very sad for an area that has con­trib­uted very much in the strug­gle for the lib­er­a­tion of our peo­ple, the in­sta­bil­ity that con­tin­ues there.”

The dis­band­ing comes on the eve of the May elec­tion. –

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