Qupe left out in the cold

Once the most powerful ANC politician in Nelson Mandela Bay, former regional secretary Zandisile Qupe emerged as the biggest casualty of the leadership shake-up at the weekend.

While other ANC leaders in the now disbanded regional executive committee (REC) have government jobs, as an ANC office bearer Qupe could not be deployed into government.

This means Qupe, under whom detractors say the ANC was dying a “slow and painful” death, is for now jobless and without his R800 000 annual salary from the party. Chippa Ngcolomba, believed to be Qupe’s nemesis in recent months, was the disbanded REC chairman but gets to remain the city’s deputy mayor, for now.

Former regional deputy chairman Tony Duba remains an MPL in Bhisho while Wandisile Jikeka, who was the REC treasurer, stays on as a Bay mayoral committee member for now.

Joy Seale, previously the REC deputy secretary, is the ANC chief whip in council.

Until Saturday, when President Jacob Zuma replaced the REC with a new task team, Qupe had been the only constant official in the regional executive.

– Mkhululi Ndamase 

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2 thoughts on “Qupe left out in the cold

  • January 21, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Dead right Alcan!

  • January 21, 2015 at 5:40 am

    All this political repositioning means the cats that got fat are put probably on a fat pension paid by our taxes and the new lot move in to take their share of the spoils,the region has no chance while the ANC runs it as it`s been proved over and over.


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