A local analyst from Nelson Mandela Bay University, Bhasela Yalezo, has called on the ANC to stop its infighting and be more people-centred by focusing on service delivery.
Yalezo’s comments come after yet another heated meeting at Florence Matomela House in Port Elizabeth on Monday, where Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Zanoxolo Wayile was allegedly prevented from leaving the meeting by ANC regional leaders.
The meeting was also attended by ANC national executive committee member Derek Hanekom. According to an ANC member, the meeting was aimed to bring unity among ANC members in the region.
Wayile is among those in the province embroiled in the divisions that are tearing the organisation apart. There have been calls from some for his removal but he said he would continue to “serve” his municipality.
The latest debacle comes in the wake of the aborted OR Tambo regional ANC conference in Umtata two weeks ago.
Yalezo expressed concern at Monday’s debacle saying every time political infighting happens within a political party service delivery is affected.
“The unfortunate part is that people are not winning, instead they are losing,” said Yalezo.
“Political infighting only benefits selected individuals in a particular political camp. What are these people thinking about investments in the city. Are they attracting it or not?”
There has been an ongoing rift between Wayile and ANC regional chairperson Nceba Faku.
Wayile was not available for comment.
Article source: http://www.thenewage.co.za/59162-1016-53-Infighting_divisive