ANC regional chairperson in the Nelson Mandela Bay, Nceba Faku has publicly admitted that together with mayor Zanoxolo Wayile, he “made mistakes” by allowing political infighting to grip the area.
“We need to sit down and iron out our differences,” Faku told Umhlobo Wenene FM. There have been political squabbles in the Nelson Mandela Bay region in the past few months associated with the group of people aligned to Faku and Wayile.
A group believed to be pro-Wayile set alight two informal settlements in the Motherwell area on August 27. The families whose shacks were burnt down are thought to be Faku’s supporters.
Faku visited the affected families last Friday. He said: “We are in the process of discussing when can we meet to resolve our deadlock. Thereafter things will never be the same again.”
Wayile said the burning down of the shacks was unfortunate.
“I condemn burning of residents’ shacks and those people who burnt shacks using my name,” said Wayile.
Both Faku and Wayile have denied involvement in the burning of shacks. Faku has also been accused by the rival camp of creating tactics to topple Wayile from his position as mayor.
In an interview with The New Age in May, Wayile accused Faku, former mayor, and his political allies of positioning themselves as “messiahs” of the municipality.
MEC for local government Mlibo Qoboshiyane said the political instability of the region was a threat to investor confidence.