The provincial ANC has lambasted both Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Zanoxolo Wayile and ANC regional chairperson Nceba Faku, saying they are the reason behind political instability in the area.
This, after a group of believed to be pro-Wayile supporters set alight two informal settlements in the Motherwell area on Monday. The three families whose shacks were burnt down are thought to be Faku supporters.
Motherwell police arrested nine people in connection with the arson. Police spokesperson WO Dumile Gwavu said it was also alleged that the group assaulted a woman and burnt her furniture and clothing.
ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said the ANC has had “enough of the constant infighting in the region”.
Mabuyane said it was time Wayile and Faku took responsibility for their respective tasks in the region. “The two are supposed to be working each other. Comrade Wayile is supposed to lead service delivery in the metro and comrade Faku is supposed to make sure that the organisation runs smoothly in the area. This is not happening.” He said. the differences between Wayile and Faku had plagued the area for many years. “We cannot let this continue. We will have to act. All of them (Wayile and Faku) are supposed to be one unit,” said Mabuyane. He said that that this now affected service delivery in the city.
Both Faku and Wayile have denied involvement in the alleged burning of shacks in Motherwell.
Gwavu said the nine suspects were expected to appear in court yesterday facing charges of assault with aggravating circumstances, malicious damage to property and arson.