Nelson MandelaBay mayor, Zanoxolo Wayile has distanced himself from violent evictions after families believed to be supporting ANC regional chairperson, Nceba Faku were forced leave Motherwell in Port Elizabeth.
It is alleged they were attacked by a group supporting Wayile. At least three people have been hospitalised after their shacks were burnt to the ground. Wayile says service delivery is being addressed. “I don’t own any people, all that I know is that in terms of the law, I’ve been given a responsibility to lead about 1.1 million people of the metro from different racial backgrounds, from different political beliefs, religious beliefs – so I don’t own people of my own for a particular sinister agenda. Therefore I continue to condemn any act and abuse of my name in the public discourse where there are conflicts between the different groupings.”
The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is plagued with political tensions as Wayile and Faku are at loggerheads over control of the metro.
Earlier this month, Wayile was allegedly held hostage and asked to resign. His supporters broke down the door to ANC headquarters and freed him.
Last week, Congress of South African Trade Unions in the region marched to voice its dissatisfaction about the infighting.
Faku yesterday said both the municipality, in the context of being a local government, as well as the police must come in to simply enforce the law. He said both the provincial and national ANC structures are working to restore stability in the region.