Just when he is expected to yield to call for his resignation, a group within the ruling party has rallied around the Eastern Cape chairperson Andile Lungisa stamping their feet in support of his appointment as Nelson Mandela Bay chair.
The embattled chairperson who has been torn between whether or not to leave his new appointment was given until Thursday to resign, a week after he was elected as Nelson Mandela Bay chair at a congress in Nelson Mandela Bay.
He, however, stood his ground not to resign and the Nelson Mandela ANC Youth League regional task team has now boldly supported his move.
This was confirmed by Luyolo Nqakula and Bongani Mabusela, who are respectively the coordinator and convener of the task team, saying they had confidence that Lungisa’s new post will be good and beneficial to them.
According to the two coordinators, Lungisa was worthy of fulfilling the responsibility with which it had been entrusted.
“They have inherited an organization which is plagued by a plethora of challenges such as organizational decay, which has rendered the ANC morally inaudible to the masses of our people,” said Nqakula citing that there was no rule against Lungisa’s action, they said he should stay on.
“We are the legitimate voice of the youth in this region and we are duty bound to defend matters of principle and individuals,” he stated.
“There is no rule in the ANC constitution that prohibits legitimate members of the ANC to stand for any position when nominated in the conference by delegates.”
Andile Lungisa is said to have defied the instructions of the ANC top six which include the party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and Eastern Cape leaders to step down.
He was however seen in Johannesburg on Thursday where he is believed to have been lobbying the support of some of the party’s national leaders ahead of a crucial meeting of its top brass this weekend.
The defiant leader hopes to win favor with the party’s national executive committee (NEC) and gets them to endorse his recent election.
Defending his new position, Andile Lungisa said the top six asking him to step down because he defied the party’s rules should not read the party’s rule 17.4 in isolation from Rule 5.1.4.
“It is our view that Lungisa must not undermine the will of the majority of branches by resigning. His resignation must be informed by a directive of no structure other than that of the national executive committee,” said Mabusela who insists that Lungisa would not give in to pressure from officials of the ANC and resign.
It is not certain whether the Lungisa’s election will form part of the matter of discussion at the NEC meeting in Pretoria. But Mantashe said yesterday that there will be no Andile Lungisa matter in the ANC NEC because the NEC does not listen to individual member cases.