The ANC in the Nelson Mandela Bay region seemed to have gone out on a full swing to have mayor Zanoxolo Wayile booted out by tomorrow, which is set as a deadline for redeployment in the metro.
This is despite Wayile’s efforts of trying to turn the municipality around when he appointed Dr Lindiwe Ndlela-Msengana as the new municipal manager for the city, a position that has been vacant since 2009.
The region said challenges of instability and lack of service delivery in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro will be resolved when the ANC has effected its redeployment in the metro.
The party’s regional secretary, Zandisile Qupe, recently told The New Age that fighting among the metro councillors who run the municipality has affected its stability.
There has been an ongoing rift, in the past year, between former metro mayor Nceba Faku and the current mayor Zanoxolo Wayile.
Faku, the ANC’s current regional chairperson in the metro, has been accusing Wayile of being “incompetent” to lead the metro.
On the other hand, Wayile had lamented Faku’s “tendency” to project himself as “messiah” of the metro.
In a media briefing held earlier this month in East London, ANC provincial treasurer Thandiswa Marawu confirmed that the party would effect its redeployment in the city.
Marawu said the deadline for this was the end of March.
But Qupe recently said this would be effected before the end of this month, which is tomorrow.
“We have waited for too long. Change is needed in the metro,” Qupe said.
The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) in the province said it was not impressed by the looming redeployment in the city.
Samwu provincial secretary Siphiwo Ndunyana said: “Disturbing news has come to our attention that there are going to be mayoral changes in Nelson Mandela Bay metro.
“To us as municipal workers this intervention will not solve the problems experienced by the municipality, it will only deepen the self-enrichment and the continuous interest of looting the state resources.”
Ndunyana said Samwu will “do everything in its power as an affiliate of Cosatu to mobilise our federation, Cosatu organised civil society formations, organised business and the broader community to reject this opportunistic and backward intervention which is to render the city ungovernable”.
In one of the interviews Wayile held with The New Age last year, the mayor said he was unmoved by the acts of his “detractors” in the city.
“My life has been that of a struggle since my early days in the revolution,” Wayile said at the time.
The ANC in the province was not available for comment yesterday.