The ANC’s loss of Nelson Mandela Bay will take centre stage this weekend when the party meets for a consultative conference in Uitenhage.
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas, former president Kgalema Motlanthe and Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle are expected to attend.
ANC Eastern Cape provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said the absence of a legitimate party structure was one of the leading factors for the loss in the city.
A regional task team (RTT) was brought in by the ANC’s national leadership to fix factions and rifts in the Bay.
“The conference will be doing a deep reflection and thorough introspection of why we lost Nelson Mandela Bay.
We are expecting different views from individuals and alliance partners of the ANC,” Mabuyane said.
The establishment of a regional leadership would also be discussed.
“We have said by the end of this year, there must be a regional structure. It is long overdue.”
He said a plan for the 2019 national government elections could not be formulated without a legitimate regional structure in place.
“It must be done as soon as possible. National auditors will also be doing an audit of branches in good standing in Nelson Mandela.
We will then be able to see if we have declined in membership or increased, ”Mabuyane said.
Instability within Nelson Mandela Bay was a great concern for the provincial leadership.
“We need to talk to find a way to deal with the issues in those branches.
A decision taken to rectify the errors that occurred before the elections seems to have divided branches.”
The ANC called on four of its councillors to resign last week, after discovering the process of electing the politicians was flawed.
The councillors are Xola Tyali (Ward 28),Zoliswa Dlula (Ward 27), Nomazwi Sonti (Ward 33) and Nomsa Booi (Ward 44).The four have since written letters appealing against the decision.