Battle lines drawn for top ANC posts

Bay branches want young, fresh blood elected at December conference

Intense lobbying and behindthe-scenes meetings are in full swing as ANC members in Nelson Mandela Bay prepare to battle it out for leadership positions at the party’s regional elective conference in December.

Topping the list of names bandied about is Bay councillor Andile Lungisa for the regional chairmanship and Uitenhage ANC leader Themba Xathula for the powerful secretary post.

However, ANC insiders said it was too soon to call, as some groups were lobbying for a Tony Duba and Zandisile Qupe partnership for the chairman and secretary positions respectively.

Duba, an MPL in Bhisho, is the former deputy regional chairman of the ANC, while Qupe – a senior manager in the Office of the Premier – is a former secretary of the Bay before the executive was disbanded in January last year.

The long-awaited regional conference, which has been postponed several times, is expected to be held from December 2 to 4.

That would all depend, however, on whether or not the ANC is able to meet the 42-branch threshold needed to be able to hold the conference.

ANC national bosses have sent a team to audit the membership figures in Bay branches.

The audit is expected to be concluded by the end of next week, according to ANC regional spokesman Gift Ngqondi.

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