I WISH to get facts straight here in the metro. Most people, including members of the ANC in the region, have got it all wrong.
They are on Nceba Faku's neck, accusing him of the instability in the metro. Faku and his collective were elected by branches of the ANC at the April 27-29 regional congress at St Albans.
At the congress, branches resolved that mayor Zanoxolo Wayile must be recalled, based on the deliberations of the congress. Now when Faku is implementing the congress resolutions – congress is the highest decision-making structure of the region – he is seen by the ill-disciplined and those who do not know the ANC and its processes as the problematic chairman. They undermine him or reduce him to be accused of causing problems in the metro.
Faku is the regional chairman. The congress was even probed, however, and it was found to be legitimate.
Now Wayile, as a member of the ANC, was forwarded an opportunity to contest the chairmanship but he decided against it. Delegates mandated by their branches were misled, failing to understand that in the ANC you fight inside, not out and that proved that he does not know the ANC processes.
It was again the very same Wayile who was a leader in calling for the probe of the legitimacy of the congress and he was proved wrong. It is the very same Wayile who is misleading the council in the metro, allowing ANC councillors to defy the ANC in the region.
Let us go back a bit. Isn't it the very same Wayile who was part of the collective that made former mayor Nondumiso Maphazi resign? Because Maphazi is a disciplined member, she listened to the ANC, that has deployed her.
Wayile is displaying defiance of the ANC that has deployed him. He made an oath that he would listen to the ANC only that deployed him and he has defied the ANC.
Again he proved beyond reasonable doubt that he does not know the ANC by saying on a national platform that he had signed a performance appraisal with the MEC of local government and traditional affairs, displaying the mayor's lack of understanding of the ANC. Allow me to tell Wayile that he was not employed to be the mayor, he was deployed.
If the mayor claims that he is disciplined and that he wants the metro to be stable, he must save the metro and listen to the ANC as the power is with the ANC, no one else but the ANC.
Menzi Mduma, an active member of the ANC and of the ANCYL, Ward 14, New Brighton, Port Elizabeth