THE ANC in the Nelson Mandela Bay region has deteriorated to an extend that no healing can take place.
As comrades we are taught that a leader within the movement is a leader to the broader society.
The challenge that the ANC now has is that relatively new members who join the movement for their own selfish reasons tend to compromise the true values and traditions of this glorious movement.
It was strange to see how regional secretary Zandisile Qupe attacked executive mayor Zanoxolo Wayile three weeks ago in The Herald when the saga of the R25000 holiday trip was publicised ("Wayile’s R25000 getaway paid by you”, July 14). This type of behaviour by Qupe is foreign and anti-ANC.
Imagine the provincial secretary lambasts premier Noxolo Kiviet in the media. Can you further imagine ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe criticising Jacob Zuma in the press?
This type of behaviour by Qupe is more common in the PAC where he comes from.
The question is: does the ANC have the political will to deal with these types of tendencies including fraud and corruption? Many comrades blame Qupe for these foreign tendencies in the movement, citing the fact that he drew two salaries when he became regional secretary in 2009.
In 2009 Qupe was paid as a ward councillor for the ANC and he was paid for being the regional secretary of the ANC.
Imagine a provincial secretary being paid as a provincial secretary and as an MPL.
It remains to be seen if the ANC can deal with the corruption within its own organisation before it can deal with corruption within government. With all of these anti-ANC tendencies the ANC cannot expect to remain for another 100 years.
At least in Nelson Mandela Bay the citizens are not stupid.
Concerned ANC member (name supplied), Ward 4, Port Elizabeth