Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) municipality executive mayor Zanoxolo Wayile said he is unperturbed by people who are arguing for his removal and will continue to serve the interests of the municipality’s residents.
A campaign to boot out Wayile received a boost late last month when re-elected ANC regional chairman Nceba Faku lobbied branches to accept the call to show Wayile the exit.
Faku is a former mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay and an avowed opponent of Wayile. In an interview with The New Age last week, Wayile said his life in the ANC had been that of an activist.
“And being an activist, I had always subordinated myself to the interests of my organisation, the ANC. You can trace my history, I had never campaigned for any position in the ANC,” he said, adding that he had always been approached to fill the positions.
About his appointment as NMB mayor in November 2009 Wayile said: “I was happy as Numsa provincial secretary, people persuaded me. People who include Comrade Faku persuaded me and I refused for five weeks till I eventually agreed.But I am not going to divulge my then refusal for my appointment.” Wayile said he does “not care” if he is removed.
“To me to be a mayor is a privilege not a right. Those lobbying for my removal are pushing for their selfish interests and I neither care for them. The ANC deployed me and is therefore at liberty to recall me,” he said.
Wayile accused Faku and “his company”, saying they have positioned themselves as “messiahs” of the municipality.
“I am not saying I am a perfect person but the challenges I have found in the municipality are those that I inherited from the mess that existed when I took over in 2009,” said Wayile.
Asked to comment on reports that he left before the announcements during the recent ANC regional elective conference held on April 27, Wayile said a report on the legitimacy of the conference was being compiled.
Wayile was contesting the position of regional chairperson but lost to Faku. Wayile said he was proud of his initiatives to bring investment to the city.
Contacted for comment at the weekend, Faku downplayed his call for the removal of the mayor and changes in the municipal council.
He said: “It is only the ANC that can recall the mayor or see something wrong within the council. We are just making sure that the interests of the organisation are placed above anything else.”