Newly-elected Nelson Mandela Bay regional chairman Andile Lungisa has until the end of Thursday to resign or face disciplinary action, the ANC’s Eastern Cape bosses have instructed.
The ultimatum was issued to Lungisa in a letter sent to him on Monday, in which provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said the provincial executive committee (PEC) concurred with decision of the ANC top six that Lungisa should step down.
“This decision must be effected latest by Thursday 23 March. Failure to heed this advice may lead to disciplinary action being considered against you,” Mabuyane said in the letter.
The top six of the party – Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa, Baleka Mbethe, Gwede Mantashe, Jessie Duarte and Zweli Mkhize – decided last week that Lungisa must step down.
It followed weeks of letters sent back and forth between Lungisa and secretary-general Mantashe who was adamant that party leaders who serve on other higher structures of the party were barred by the ANC’s constitution from serving on lower structures.
Lungisa was a member of the PEC when he was elected regional chairman almost two weeks ago. It is still unclear if he has since resigned from the PEC as he could not be reached for comment on Wednesday morning.
However, Lungisa previously stated that he would step down if the national executive committee (NEC) asked him to as it was the highest decision-making body of the ANC between national conferences.
Regional secretary Themba Xathula said on Wednesday they would wait for the process of the PEC to conclude before they comment.
“We will hear what they say. Once there is a conclusion to the matter we will make a statement.
“Remember the matter is with regards to the chairperson, not the whole structure. That is why we cannot comment on what will be done at the moment,” Xathula said.
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