Divisions in party’s Nelson Mandela Bay caucus lead to confusion on policy
The ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay has, particularly over the past three months, become a shadow of its former self – with its representatives fumbling about like a leaderless pack.
This was illustrated this week as the party released statement after statement, each one contradicting the other.
Regional spokesman Gift Ngqondi announced the ANC caucus would pursue a motion for a vote of no confidence in Bay mayor Athol Trollip.
Caucus leader Bicks Ndoni, who was at the press briefing where the party’s plans were revealed, later rubbished Ngqondi’s statement, saying only he and members of the party’s regional task team could speak on matters involving the ANC.
Days later, regional task team coordinator Beza Ntshona sent out a scathing statement, saying only he had the delegated authority to pronounce on the ANC’s official position on all matters in the metro.
For those of you scratching your heads, wondering who really is in charge of the ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay, you are not alone.
Even members of the ANC caucus are confused, unsure of whom to follow and what strategies the 50 ANC councillors should apply to outsmart the coalition government.
On paper, Ndoni is the leader of the official opposition in council, with Litho Suka as chief whip.
In reality, Andile Lungisa is the man setting the ANC’s agenda and, at times, drives motions on behalf of the party.
This week, Ndoni abdicated his duty of responding to Trollip’s speech in the council and, instead, it was Lungisa who spoke on behalf of the party.