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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