Faku dispute taking time to settle

Luyolo Mkentane

ANC leaders in the Eastern Cape have given themselves two weeks to come up with a political solution after some party members appealed against a decision to hold a regional conference where chairman Nceba Faku was re-elected last month.

ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said although the provincial executive committee (PEC) was satisfied that the conference at St Albans Prison was constitutional, it would process the appeal and find a solution that would “make everybody happy”.

A group of ANC members who support mayor Zanoxolo Wayile appealed, claiming the conference was unconstitutional because it did not reach a quorum.

That claim was dismissed by provincial and national executive members Helen-Sauls August and Nyami Booi respectively, who officiated at the conference.

However the group – whose decision to boycott the conference backfired as it led to the re-election of Faku – appealed to provincial leaders earlier this month.

“We are still processing the appeal internally, but in the next two weeks we should be presenting our outcome as the PEC on the matter,” Mabuyane said.

“The PEC remained there [at St Albans conference centre] until the last day of the conference. All the processes were done, we were satisfied. We verified all processes and were happy. But now there’s an appeal and we have got to look at that and make sure, as the ANC, that everybody is happy. If the conference wasn’t constitutional the NEC and PEC would not have officiated over it.”

ANC ward 36 (KwaDwesi) member Sabelo Ngxitho said: “We understand the appeal is still an internal organisational matter. But we hoped the matter, by now, would have been resolved. We didn’t think they would drag the matter as there’s a policy conference around the corner and the region is about to host the ANC centenary flame.”

He said the flame, to be received from the ANC Cacadu region at the Uitenhage Town Hall on Friday, was a symbol of unity. “It defies logic to bring a symbol of unity in a highly divided region. That flame to us is holy.”

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