ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa appealed for discipline and unity yesterday when he visited the divided Ward 41 branch in Joe Slovo township in Port Elizabeth.
About 400 ANC supporters sang and danced as they waited for Ramaphosa who went door to door campaigning in Joe Slovo.
Before he arrived, members supporting ward councillor Mbongeni Bungane and those supporting his nemesis Simphiwe Tyaka, formed different groups, each singing songs praising their respective leaders.
The two leaders each claim to be the legitimate chairman of the branch, which is the ANC’s biggest in the Bay.
Safety and security committee portfolio chairman Thembinkosi Mafana stepped in and appealed for unity and discipline among the two groups. – Mkhululi Ndamase