The South African Communist Party in the province has added its voice to the call for an end to the political infighting in the Nelson Mandela Bay region.
The rift is between former metro mayor Nceba Faku and the current mayor Zanoxolo Wayile.
Faku has accused Wayile of being “incompetent” to lead the metro. On the other hand, Wayile said Faku projected himself as the “messiah” of the metro.
The SACP held its ordinary provincial executive committee (PEC) in East London at the weekend. “We are now experiencing a state of paralysis in our provincial government and many municipalities,” said SACP spokesperson Siyabonga Mdoda.
“The meeting raised concerns about the unending fights in the Nelson Mandela metropolitan municipality, Buffalo City metropolitan municipality, Mnquma local municipality and other ANC alliance-led municipalities in our province.
“The leadership of our alliance must take drastic measures in relation to those who are perpetrators of such actions for their narrow selfish interests as their deeds continue to compromise service delivery to the people which is the core business of these institutions,” said Mdoda.
ANC regional secretary Zandisile Qupe told The New Age last week that ANC national leaders “wanted to check if we are functioning towards resolving the infighting in our area”.
Analysts in the area have blamed the quest to control tenders as being the reason for the infighting.