The head of the ANC’s national disciplinary committee (NDC), Derek Hanekom, has not yet received a formal letter of complaint or charges against Nelson Mandela Bay regional chairman Andile Lungisa, he said yesterday.
In a letter to Lungisa on Friday, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said he had “launched a charge” against him with the NDC for the personal attack on him in comments published in The Herald.
But Hanekom said yesterday he had not yet received anything.
Mantashe had described Lungisa’s decision to stand for election at a regional conference, despite his instruction that an ANC provincial executive committee member could not serve on a lower structure, as contemptuous. He said it breached the party’s constitution. Lungisa has since apologised and distributed a letter saying he made the remarks in the middle of a heated campaign.
Mantashe told The Herald’s sister paper Daily Dispatch he had yet to receive Lungisa’s letter but confirmed receiving a call from him on Sunday.
“He [Lungisa] did phone me. But he insulted me in the media. He must apologise in the media so that the target audience he had when he was insulting me receives the apology,” Mantashe said.
“My problem is that when the ANC handles issues in the processes of the organisation, it is no longer my decision to forgive or accept an apology.
“The matter is already in the processes of the ANC. What we will do is we will take that letter and put it in the processes of the ANC so that we can get to the bottom of this.”
Meanwhile, with Lungisa facing charges for allegedly assaulting a fellow councillor with a glass jug, he was asked why he chose to stand for the chairmanship – in view of the ANC’s 2012 conference decision that members facing criminal charges should step down from leadership roles until the charges were cleared.
He said the incident took place in the theatre of revolution and he had merely defended himself.