Following a humiliating election defeat, the ANC was yesterday thrashing out who should lead its caucus from the opposition benches of the Nelson Mandela Bay council.
While some ANC insiders preferred Danny Jordaan to lead its 50 member team, others claimed that Andile Lungisa could be placed in charge of the party’s councillors for the next five years.
Who the ANC chooses to lead the caucus will likely define the character of opposition politics in the council for what is likely to be a tumultuous term.
Yesterday, the ANC’s regional leadership and councillors spent hours at the party’s headquarters, Florence Matomela House.
Its leaders would not confirm what they decided, only saying the decision on who would lead the caucus would be taken by the provincial deployment committee.
While some insiders claimed the issue of a caucus leader was never discussed at length, others said names of possible candidates were brought up with Lungisa among those preferred.
An insider claimed that during an informal discussion among some regional leaders on Sunday night, it was suggested that Jordaan should lead the caucus, assisted by his former deputy, Bicks Ndoni, and former chief whip Litho Suka.
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