THE ANC Youth League in Nelson Mandela Bay turned up the heat on mayor Zanoxolo Wayile yesterday, reviving calls for arch rival and regional chairman Nceba Faku to be re-elected next weekend.
Wayile – who later described the move as being organised by “dark forces” – has barely been holding on as those in the party who oppose him have been putting pressure on the ANC’s Eastern Cape bosses to show him the door.
Provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane has previously warned that if Wayile and others deployed to government do not follow the party’s instructions, they will be recalled.
Wayile is also expected to challenge Faku as chairman when ANC members elect new leaders next weekend.
If Wayile loses what is expected to be a close contest between him and Faku, calls for him to be fired could gain momentum.
Yesterday the league, which Wayile has previously accused of leading a campaign against him, also touted mayoral committee member Chippa Ngcolomba to replace Wayile as deputy chairman.
It appears Ngcolomba is the front runner to replace Wayile should he be unseated.
The league said: “We love our mayor and had high hopes for him as the face of the municipality and the main deployee of the ANC.
“However we are sad to say the executive mayor, deputy mayor [Nancy Sihlwayi], speaker [Maria Hermans], chief whip [Feziwe Sibeko] and a few other councillors have continued deliberately to defy the agenda of the ANC.”
Now the league had “no choice but to push strongly” for the recall of Wayile and the “three sisters”.
It also called for suspended independent development plan unit head Sithembele Vatala to be municipal manager.
Meanwhile, Wayile responded: “This statement attributed the regional ANCYL is a continuation of attempts by certain dark forces amongst us who want to reverse the gains made in the government’s programme to give rise to a caring and democratic state.
“I have a responsibility to safeguard the institution from those who wish to mortgage it to the highest bidder.
“There seems to be a concerted effort by those who are corrupt to destructively pursue their self-enrichment agenda even at the expense of the genuine mandate given to us by our people,” Wayile said.
“As the current administration we remain unshaken by this political thuggery and we will continue to adhere to the principles as enunciated by the ANC-led government.”
Wayile said the ANCYL statement emanated from “a few politically and ideologically bankrupt individuals”.