ANC still to decide on disputed councillors

The ANC’s national bosses have yet to make a final decision on whether or not to replace the four Nelson Mandela Bay councillors who are said to have been chosen through a flawed selection process.

The final word on whether or not they will get to keep their jobs is expected early next year, according to ANC Eastern Cape secretary Oscar Mabuyane.

The party’s provincial deputy chairman, Sakhumzi Somyo, had recommended that the four councilors step down and the process of selecting candidates for the wards be started afresh.

By-elections would then have to be held in the four wards.

The councillors concerned a reZoliswa Dlula (Ward 27), Xola Tyali (Ward 28), Nomazwi Sonti (Ward 33)and Nomsa Booi (Ward 44).

Mabuyane said the ANC’s national executive committee would have the final say.

“We expect to receive a report back from the NEC by early next year on the decision taken regarding the outstanding branches,” he said.

Somyo’s commission was established to investigate the litany of complaints by ANC members and supporters about the councillor candidate list process in the run-up to the August 3 municipal elections.

Meanwhile, the ANC yesterday said that its regional conferences for Nelson Mandela Bay and Amathole would take place in February.

The Bay’s regional conference, which has been postponed multiple times over the past 18 months, was supposed to take place this week.

Mabuyane said it was rescheduled due to delays in the audit process of membership figures in branches.

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