The ANC in the province has resolved to send the party’s provincial executive committee (PEC) members to the Nelson Mandela Metro this week to help bring about stability in the regional structure.
This after reports surfaced last week that Nelson Mandela Bay executive mayor, Zanoxolo Wayile, speaker, Maria Hermaans and chief whip, Feziwe Sibeko, were allegedly held hostage by regional leaders in an attempt to force them to resign. Wayile had indicated that he had no intentions to resign.
ANC regional secretary, Zandisile Qupe has, however, dismissed reports of the alleged hostage although Wayile supporters insisted last week that he was held hostage.
ANC provincial secretary, Oscar Mabuyane said: “The ANC in the Eastern Cape is satisfied with the report from the Nelson Mandela Metro that there was never a hostage in the ANC regional office as reported in the media.”
Mabuyane said the provincial working committee (PWC) meeting that took place last week had resolved to send PEC officials to deal with the situation in the Nelson Mandela Metro to make sure there is stability and all the matters there are resolved.
“We call upon all members of the ANC in the region and structures of the alliance to exercise restraint and to refrain from issuing public statements on the matter but allow and have confidence in the provincial leadership to deal with the issue.
“We want to assure the public in the metro that we are working towards resolving the matter in your best interest,” said Mabuyane.
An ANC member and a Wayile supporter who was present during the alleged hostage last week said: “We were there to monitor the situation.
“Derek Hanekom convened a meeting to unify the ANC. Faku and his supporters wanted to use his (Hanekom) presence in the region to advance their wish to remove Wayile from office.
“They organised Faku supporters to come and hold Wayile hostage and locked him in.”
Qupe said there was a meeting of the political management team (PMT) followed by a briefing with ANC branches.
“The deployees (Wayile, Hermaans and Sibeko) mentioned in the media reports were in the boardroom as part of the PMT meeting and at absolutely no stage, were their lives or that of anyone else at risk,” said Qupe.
Article source: http://www.thenewage.co.za/59750-1016-53-ANC_sends_in_big_guns