ANC national disciplinary committee chairman Derek Hanekom will today lead an ANC delegation in Nelson Mandela Bay to investigate the validity of the regional conference which re-elected Nceba Faku as chairman in April.
The visit comes after several branches in the metro appealed against the outcome of the conference to the ANC provincial leaders last week, persuading them to thoroughly investigate complaints that the conference was rigged.
Meanwhile, about 200 angry residents from ward 41 marched from the ANC’s regional headquarters at the Florence Matomela Building to the City Hall yesterday to express their grievances at Faku’s leadership.
The residents, who support mayor Zanoxolo Wayile as their leader, waved placards and sang songs which criticised Faku, and expressed their support for Wayile.
"Down with corrupt and fraudulent ANC REC”, "[regional secretary Zandisile] Qupe and Faku are fast killing this metro” and "Faku, ANC leadership is not discussed on Facebook, Basop!” were some of the messages on the placards.
The group also wanted to hand over a memorandum to Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, wherein they listed their complaints about the slow pace in providing roads, clinics and schools in the new Chatty extension area. Sexwale was in Kirwood to hand over houses to residents of Moses Mabida township yesterday, but he did not appear at the City Hall.
Vuyani Siziba, ANC branch deputy- secretary for ward 41, said they were fed-up with the lack of services in their ward.
"Last year Tokyo promised the speedy implementation of infrastructure, but it’s moving at such a slow pace and we want answers.
"We are also tired of the political situation here in PE and how the REC flouted the constitution of the ANC, undermining the branches.”
Siziba alleged the REC leaders were behind the petrol bombing of ward 41 councillor Mbongeni Bungane’s office last week. "We know that there’s a hit list to kill some of our members and we want the provincial office to respond because we all have equal rights in this country.
"We don’t recognise them [Faku and Qupe] as our leaders; they stole the regional conference. When the task team comes, all the corrupt processes will be exposed.”
Qupe dismissed allegations of arson and said if the residents believed they were behind it, they should report the matter to the police.
"There are serious service delivery challenges in ward 41 and they are the members responsible for the burning of the councillor’s office.”
Hanekom, along with other senior party bosses, will meet with branch and regional leaders to assess the conference and the process leading up to it to determine if it was in line with the party’s constitution.