The ANC Women’s League in the Nelson Mandela Bay region has given the ANC’s decision to deploy ANC MP and veteran Ben “Oom Ben” Fihla, 81, as the executive mayor of the municipality its absolute blessing.
Nonceba Sonjica, convener of the league’s regional task team, said: “We are fully behind the mayorship of Oom Ben who we regard as a selfless cadre and volunteer of the ANC.
“He will be able to bring unity, stability and good governance to the metro.”
There have been objections from the local leadership of Cosatu and its affiliate, the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), which said that Fihla was too old to fill the post.
This is after the ANC’s top brass, led by President Jacob Zuma, visited the province a week ago to announce the redeployment of executive mayor Zanoxolo Wayile to Parliament, while Wayile’s deputy, Nancy Sihlwayi, was redeployed to Bhisho.
Last Tuesday, Cosatu marched to City Hall in Port Elizabeth to protest against Wayile’s redeployment.
Cosatu secretary in the area, Andile Bloko, told the media that Fihla was too old to tackle the issues affecting the metro.
Sonjica said the league had distanced itself from media reports that quoted certain persons as representatives of the league, in relation to the deployment of Fihla.
“We wish to state categorically that we do not know who these pretenders are and wish to caution the media in casually accepting the purported bona fides of anyone claiming to be a spokesperson of the league,” she said.
Article source: http://www.thenewage.co.za/87804-1008-53-ANCWL_back_Oom