No boot for city leaders

2015-05-05 14:47

CONTRARY to recent speculation and media reports, there will be no reshuffling of the current ANC regional leadership in the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB).

This was announced on Monday during a visit by President Jacob Zuma who was accompanied by a large delegation of the ANC’s top ranking leadership to discuss the report by a task team which was formed by Zuma in January.

This comes after various reports that Zuma together with his team would be giving the boot to several regional leaders in the Metro. An ANC insider also disclosed to Express that 82-year-old ANC veteran and NMB Mayor, Ben Fihla, had indicated that he wished to retire from office.

In a press briefing ANC secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, said they were not looking at any reshuffling of the current ANC leadership in the NMB.

Mantashe was part of a senior ANC delegation which was locked in a closed meeting for several hours on Monday afternoon discussing the future of the ruling party’s leadership in the Metro.

The ANC’s top brass and the National Workers Committee engaged with the Metro’s six cluster leaders in meetings this past weekend to discuss the task team’s technical report.

Mantashe said the report outlined serious problems of capacity and maladministration in the ANC’s regional leadership.

“The task team handed a report which outlined a series of problems and concerns for the ANC in the region namely, human settlements, bulk infrastructure and youth development,” said Mantashe.

Mantashe said the task team had made serious headway in their report and they were comfortable with the organisational work being done in its 5th month.

The team includes former party leaders, veterans, former leaders in the Metro, three national executive committee members and three other leaders from Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and North West. The convener of the team is former Minister of Safety and Security, Charles Nqakula.

Zuma disbanded the ANC’s regional leadership in the Metro in December 2014 in favour of the task team to rebuild the party in the region and “fast-tracking service delivery and address corrupt practices in the Metro”.

Eyebrows were raised when Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan, left the closed meeting early after reports claimed Gordon would present the report.

Mantashe said they would be returning to the Metro on May 18, following a fully comprehensive report by the task team. “We cannot say at this present moment that there will be any reshuffling. The task team’s report will first be presented and discussed by the NWC on May 16 and 17. Thereafter we will be presenting our findings in the Metro on May 18,” he said.

Mantashe said the task team had highlighted a serious need to intervene in the Metro’s ability to deliver in sanitation and water as well as housing with a particular concern with the corruption and slow delivery of the Bus and Transit system, the IPTS.

Mantashe added that the ANC was not concerned with the various campaigns by both the DA and the EFF in the Metro saying they were a political movement rather than the political parties which were working in the same space as the ANC.

“Our job is to implement what gave us a mandate to govern. We do not concern ourselves with other political parties. We are looking at effectively delivering houses in the area looking into specific units of the Metro,” he said.

Zuma was met by huge ululation and applause by NMMU students while exiting the Woolboard buildings where the meeting was held

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