NEC takes over candidate probe

Future of four Bay ANC councillors still to be finalized

The fate of four Nelson Mandela Bay ANC ward councillors is undecided as the party’s national bosses have taken over the probe to determine whether the processes that elected them were, in fact, flawed.

Should the national executive committee (NEC) agree with Eastern Cape deputy chairman Sakhumzi Somyo that proper party procedures were not followed when the four were chosen as councillor candidates, it could lead to by-elections.

Somyo’s commission was established to investigate the litany of complaints by ANC members and supporters about the councillor candidate list process.

The four councillors who could lose their jobs are Zoliswa Dlula (Ward 27), Xola Tyali(Ward 28), Nomazwi Sonti (Ward33) and Nomsa Booi (Ward 44).

ANC NEC member Zoleka Capa, flanked by provincial leaders, met Bay branch leaders on Sunday, when the list debacle prior to the August 3 local elections was debated.

Although not on the agenda for discussion at Hoza Hall, inNew Brighton, the list bungle is a continuous problem which has led to several protests.

The groups complain that they were told to vote for the ANC and that by-elections would be held later with their preferred people as candidates.

ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said yesterday the NEC would probe the outstanding issues highlighted in Somyo’s report with the hope of resolving the debacle.

“The issue of the four councilors and also the ward 43, 54and 36 [complaints] are the outstanding issues which the NEC will look at,” he said.

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