Newly-elected ANC Nelson Mandela Metro secretary Themba Xathula says a special regional executive committee meeting will convene “soon” to discuss the future of its embattled regional chairman Andile Lungisa.
This follows an ANC national official decision earlier this week to ask Lungisa to resign from the regional structure and resume his responsibilities in the provincial executive as elected in Port Elizabeth back in 2013.
According to advice ANC secretary-general (SG) Gwede Mantashe gave to the former ANC Youth League president, Lungisa was not supposed to stand during last weekend’s elective regional conference as he was still serving as a PEC member and that according to clause 17.4, as amended in 2012, a member serving in the PEC shall resign from any position in a lower structure.
But in an interview with the Dispatch a week ago, Lungisa said it was wrong for this clause to be applied in isolation as clause 5.1(d) in the same ANC constitution, which protects the right of a member in good standing to contest for any leadership structure, committee or commission.
Lungisa has since retracted his earlier statement after Mantashe, the scribe of the initial letter, informed him that he had referred the matter to the ANC national disciplinary committee for investigation as the SG felt his name was dragged in the mud in the media, and not criticised in the ANC’s own internal structures as guided by the party’s constitution.
ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane announced yesterday Lungisa was informed of the decision to advise him to resign as Nelson Mandela regional chairman.
Contacted yesterday to confirm if he would resign, Lungisa referred the Dispatch to Xathula. He would not be drawn into discussing whether officials advised Lungisa to resign or not.
All Xathula could confirm was that Lungisa’s case was discussed.
“We met as ANC officials on Thursday, and it was agreed that we must allow the internal processes of the ANC to unfold. In due course, we will call a special REC meeting to discuss the way forward,” said Xathula. — TMG