Andile Lungisa’s Appointment: The African National Congress (ANC) top six has ordered newly elected Nelson Mandela Bay ANC chairman Andile Lungisa to immediately resign and resume his duties as a member of the party’s provincial executive committee (PEC).
The ANC’s top six which includes Jacob Zuma‚ Cyril Ramaphosa‚ Baleka Mbete‚ Gwede Mantashe‚ Jessie Duarte and Zweli Mkhize arrived at the decision during a meeting on Monday.
The ANC councilor was part of a 25-man regional executive committee elected last week.
Lungisa, who was a member of the provincial executive committee (PEC), officially accepted the nomination for the lower Regional Executive Committee position in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Last Saturday afternoon, Lungisa claimed he won’t be running for the post but he dramatically made a U-turn on Saturday night, claiming the branch had insisted that he must run for the post. He finally beat his rival ANC MPL Tony Duba by 71 votes to 57 in the election.
According to the party’s constitution, Lungisa was not eligible to stand in that elective conference because he is also a PEC member.
This sentiment had been earlier stressed by Mantashe in a letter shared to ANC structures – therein, he warned that on no account should people resign from the Provincial Executive Committee to stand for a position at a regional conference because it contradicts ANC’s constitution.
Meanwhile, ANC Eastern Cape secretary Oscar Mabuyane confirmed that Lungisa and the newly constituted regional executive committee have been informed about the latest decision.
“The decision of the national leadership officials of the ANC [said] that what was communicated by [secretary-general] Mantashe was in line with the resolution and the constitution of the ANC and was an established practice.
So‚ we’ve requested comrade Andile and the region to now act … according to that decision. It’s an instruction that says he should not have been availing himself for [the regional chairmanship] and he should not be in that collective. He must remain in the PEC‚ where he was correctly elected,” Mabuyane said.
In response, Andile Lungisa insisted that he is waiting for ANC National Executive Committees’ decision on the matter.
While Mantashe strongly kicks against Lungisa’s appointment, President Jacob Zuma believes the ANC Councillor is the right man for the position.
While addressing delegates last Sunday at the ANC’s regional elective conference in Port Elizabeth, Zuma praised the ANC in the region for picking a “young, qualitative, energetic, and consistent leader like Lungisa, adding ‘if the majority has spoken, it has spoken’
Brandishing his signature giggle, the president said he was happy the league didn’t elect balding and gray leaders but a leader that would make them deliver.
“In other words, we choose the leader because we can explain why. A leader we can say is going to make us deliver on our programs and policies. If the majority has spoken, it has spoken.
Ours is to respect that decision and take it as our own for the health of the organization. We are in trying times as the organization that must be clear to us,” he added to rousing applause in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Reports have it that Lungisa is a big fan of former AU commission chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is Zuma’s preferred choice to succeed him as ANC president.