Storm over ANC group’s meeting

ANC leaders in the Eastern Cape are in hot water for allegedly breaking away from the provincial delegation’s mandate by taking a directive from another province during the ANC policy conference.

It is alleged that ANC provincial executive committee (NEC) member Andile Lungisa, Amathole regional secretary Teris Ntutu and Joe Gqabi secretary Mfundo Bongela attended a caucus meeting organised by the KwaZulu-Natal ANC grouping.

The meeting, captured on video, was chaired by KZN ANC provincial chairman Sihle Zikalala alongside his North West counterpart Supra Mahumapelo.

It is said the meeting was convened to plot against NEC members including Joel Netshitenzhe and Derek Hanekom, whose stance on economic transformation attendees did not agree with.

In the video, which has gone viral, Lungisa is clearly visible.

ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said that Ntutu and Bongela were also part of the meeting.

Both Ntutu and Bongela have denied they took part in the session while Lungisa said he saw nothing wrong with his attendance.

Mabuyane yesterday described the behaviour of those who attended the meeting as bordering on “extreme ill-discipline”. He called on the provincial executive committee to rein them in.

“It caught us by surprise that some of our comrades attended that meeting, when we had a coherent and consolidated position as a province on issues of the national policy conference,” said Mabuyane.

He added “it seeks to undermine our position as a province and to see some of us taking a mandate from elsewhere is tantamount to extreme ill-discipline”.

The Dispatch understands that “Buffalo Soldiers” – a term used to refer to Cyril Ramaphosa lobbyists from all provinces – also had a session on Tuesday night.

Lungisa yesterday said it was ANC culture to engage across provincial political boundaries at national events. “We talk to everybody and we interacted with various constituencies, spoke with hundreds and hundreds of comrades where we shared our own ideas and they share theirs….” — zingisam@dispatch.co.za

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