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Eastern Cape ANC disbands leadership of Amathole Region

Eastern Cape ANC disbands leadership of Amathole Region
Former Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle. (Photo: Gallo Images / Beeld / Deaan Vivier) | Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane. (Photo: Gallo Images / The Times / Masi Losi)

The ANC in the Eastern Cape on Monday disbanded the Regional Executive Committee of the Amathole Region for ‘defying’ the party’s provincial leadership directives and failing ‘to save itself from itself’.

The ANC’s Eastern Cape secretary, Lulama Ngcukayitobi, on Monday announced that the Amathole regional leadership had been disbanded due to its inability to implement the programme of the ANC and that structures in the region had collapsed. 

“They have been defying the instructions of the upper structures of the party,” he said. “As things stand, there were only three officials and those officials were not working together. The structure is in a position of paralysis. Some of the members of the REC [Regional Executive Committee] resigned.”  

He said 70% of the branches that had been consulted in Amathole were in agreement with the decision to disband the leadership of the region. 

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“The Provincial Executive Committee felt that there is nothing that can be done about the Regional Executive Committee of Amathole; it cannot save itself from itself.”

The disbandment means that a task team will now lead the Amathole Region.

The region did not support the current Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) during the provincial conference where deputy president hopeful Oscar Mabuyane was elected as chairperson.

Amathole will have 100 delegates at the ANC’s national elective conference. Spokesperson Thabo Matiwane said they would support National Executive Committee (NEC) member Phumulo Masualle.

In a statement, the Amathole Region said the disbandment of the REC was orchestrated by the PEC.

“The trigger for the acceleration towards the dissolution was informed by the recent verdict from the NDCA [National Disciplinary Committee of Appeal] suspending, amongst others, the deputy secretary of the region in which the PEC was an appellant,” reads the statement.

Support for Ramaphosa

Ngcukayitobi said the PEC supported Cyril Ramaphosa for a second term and fully backs Mabuyane for the position of deputy president. He added that there was also a resolution that Gwede Mantashe had to be supported. Mantashe is vying for the national chairperson position.


The other three positions of the top six were not announced. Ngcukayitobi explained that the others nominated did not pass the 50+1 mark and that there would be discussions with other provinces on whom to support.

It has emerged that there were discussions to meet with Mpumalanga to discuss the possibilities of supporting the same people for the top six.

“What is at the centre of our discussion is how to put the ANC on a better trajectory and pedestal. What we have been delegated by the branches is to talk about these names, which are three. 

“It’s an open discussion, but at the centre is how best we make sure that the ANC becomes a better organisation.”

He also announced that treasurer-general hopeful Andile Lungisa remained suspended. DM


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  • Dennis Bailey says:

    what a shambles. Small wonder what little water EC has is full of shit. Viva, ANC, Viva.

  • Patterson Alan John says:

    Forget service delivery.
    Spend your time infighting for the best place at the trough.

  • Cunningham Ngcukana says:

    The tendency within the ANC to disband structures that disagree with the leadership at Provincial and National level has become a norm and the reasons for this are always suspect. However, the disbanding is very easy and it takes years to reconstitute the structure. This is associated with the ANC Conference and that Province knows no limits when it comes to thuggery. Recently, we heard of a court decision that was changed by a mere letter by the High Court in Makhanda dealing with the WB Rubusana dispute that would have seen the Conference of credentials held earlier this year nullified. It was for the first time to hear of a judgement changed by a mere letter from a lawyer. It is stuff from a banana republic. One is considering laying a complaint against that judge. These are not isolated matters in the Eastern Cape. Where have you ever heard an interdict against the police not to investigate a person? That happens in the corrupt Eastern Cape high courts. In KZN you have a judge who going by the name of a van Zyl who has reserved judgement for ten years and another one for four years. This is in the footsteps of one Nicholson who was excoriated by Justice Harmse of the SCA for peddling conspiracy theories of Jacob Zuma.
    The suspension of Lungisa though a horrible person is a factional political issue that those who believe in democracy should never gloat about. Lungisa told the public of people who are in the graveyard who voted for delegates to the Provincial Conference.

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