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Metro ANC war escalates
06 February 2012

Nwabisa Makunga [email protected]

ANC Eastern Cape bosses are expected to referee a turf war in Nelson Mandela Bay today, just days after mayor Zanoxolo Wayile fired Thembinkosi Mafana from the mayoral committee.

With only three months to go before a new regional leadership is elected in May, tensions between different factions of the ANC in the city have escalated.

The provincial working committee will today discuss a report from a task team led by national executive member Derek Hanekom which details the scale of political infighting which has seriously affected service delivery in recent months.

Tension rose further on Friday when Wayile wrote to provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane informing him that he had decided to “relieve Mafana of his duties as a member of the mayoral committee”.

The letter - which The Herald has seen - was copied to deputy mayor Nancy Sihlwayi, council speaker Maria Hermans, chief whip Feziwe Sibeko, Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, and regional secretary Zandisile Qupe.

Mafana, who headed the constituency services portfolio, said yesterday he had not received the letter, but had been told about it.

He is the latest of Wayile’s detractors to be given his marching orders after acting municipal manager Elias Ntoba was fired and integrated development plan head Sithembele Vatala was suspended last year.

Wayile wrote: “Since his appointment following the 2011 local government elections, councillor Mafana has conducted himself in a manner that has brought the integrity, authority and image of the office of the executive mayor, the ANC and the municipal council into disrepute.”

Wayile listed examples of Mafana’s misconduct as including:

Total disregard and gross violation of council policies regarding the election of ward committees - which are yet to be put in place;

Insulting various ANC leaders;

Directing political insults at Sibeko, Sihlwayi and Hermans;

Showing “unchecked political defiance” in not attending important political meetings;

Attacking the leadership credentials of senior ANC members, including Wayile, Hermans, Sihlwayi and Sibeko;

Refusing to comply with political instructions.

Because of this, Wayile wrote, “Mafana is politically unfit to be a member of the mayoral committee and I have no option but to relieve councillor Mafana of his duties”.

The mayor added: “I verily believe that my decision is in the best interest of the ANC and municipal council. I anticipate your unequivocal support in my decision.”

Reacting, Mafana said: “All four comrades are very uncomfortable with me because I always raise issues that are not of the movement’s traditions and values ... These comrades went further to try to frustrate me within council.

“What comrade Wayile did in collaboration with certain comrades within the provincial leadership and some within council is informed by nothing but desperation to control the ANC for advancement of personal glory and interests.”

Mafana pointed out the letter had been sent when the regional conference “is around the corner”.

Meanwhile, the regional executive committee (REC), to which Wayile is politically accountable, has rejected the mayor’s move.

Regional secretary Zandisile Qupe said: “We received a copy of the letter. The REC was surprised by the mayor’s actions and we told him that he has not followed proper protocol which states that as an ANC deployee he is obliged to report the matter to the chief whip first, who will then report it to the REC.”

Qupe said the REC had discussed the letter with Wayile and he apparently agreed he had not followed protocol but said he had reasons for that.

Mabuyane said yesterday he had not received the letter, but said the correct process would be for Wayile to report Mafana to the REC, which if need be, would then escalate it to provincial level.

Wayile was not available to comment. His spokesman, Roland Williams, said he needed to be briefed by the mayor before commenting.

Meanwhile, Mabuyane confirmed that the national team tasked with assessing the cause of infighting in the metro would present its report to the REC and branches today.

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BrandGat [09 February 2012 13:17]
To all those in the''Struggle" it continues on and on because now you struggle to be ''King of the Hill', every one wants to be top dog so knives come out and the struggle continues,until you end up destroying yourselves.
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During the May Regional Conference, I urge the branches to vote with their minds and not be emotional. The youth league has learnt the hard way, they are disbanded because they allowed themselves to be in other people's pockets.
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Your Views

The Struggle 10 February 2012 2:09 pm

Cde Lulu Johnson's deployment as chairman of portfolio committee - Agriculture, Forestries ...

The Struggle 10 February 2012 2:03 pm

Clearly the ANC Nelson Mandela Bay Regional Chairman, Cde Nceba Faku ran the municipality as his own backyard. He has enriched himself. The ANC in the region cannot continue be led by a self-centere...

BrandGat 10 February 2012 10:47 am

Looks like Lloyd Edwards is being set up here,and the someone is being lined up to get the required permit! dirty tricks again?...

BrandGat 10 February 2012 10:24 am

So what`s new in the new South Africa!...

BrandGat 9 February 2012 1:17 pm

To all those in the''Struggle" it continues on and on because now you struggle to be ''King of the Hill', every one wants to be top dog so knives come out and the struggle continues,until you end up d...

dokhotelo 8 February 2012 10:41 pm

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dokhotelo 8 February 2012 10:32 pm

PeSter: I am an authentic astronaut too!!!....Your statements don't hold, because they are biased. You might not be approving corruption, but, unless I read The Vuvuzerald from another planet, every d...

PStir 8 February 2012 11:08 am

I AM an independent accountant, I do my own taxes and 50% and 9 days are over-the-top and far-fetched, if you don't want water, electricity (when they are available) or your nice house then go without...

mastermindPE 8 February 2012 10:35 am

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The Struggle 7 February 2012 4:07 pm

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