ANC leaders issue ultimatum to Andile Lungisa to step down
The party’s Eastern Cape leadership says Lungisa has until Thursday to resign.
Andile Lungisa. Picture: Gallo images
The leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape has issued an ultimatum to new Nelson Mandela Bay regional chairperson Andile Lungisa to step down on Thursday or face disciplinary action.
Party secretary Oscar Mabuyane sent a letter to Lungisa on Monday informing him that the provincial executive committee (PEC) – which he serves on – had agreed with a resolution by the governing party’s top six leaders for him to resign.
“This decision must be effected latest by Thursday 23 March. Failure to heed this advice may lead to disciplinary action being considered against you‚” Mabuyane said in the letter.
Last week the top six leaders, who include President Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa‚ Baleka Mbete‚ Gwede Mantashe‚ Jessie Duarte and Zweli Mkhize, decided Lungisa should be removed as the newly elected regional chair of the metro because his election was in breach of the party’s constitution.
This is despite Zuma backing him after his election to the post at the party’s regional conference in Port Elizabeth earlier this month.
The Mail & Guardian reported last week that Zuma was apparently called to order by the top six leaders for endorsing Lungisa after ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe barred Lungisa from contesting elections on a lower structure while serving on a higher structure.