THE ANC Lower South Coast region is appealing the recent decision by the party’s Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) to strip it of executive powers. The PEC cited factionalism and “issues over deployment” for its decision.According to ANC spokesman Selvan Chetty, an appeal will be lodged with ANC General-Secretary, Gwede Mantashe.The resolution to appeal was taken at the regional executive committee (REC) meeting on Monday July 31.A PEC delegation, led by ANC provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala, called a meeting on July 23 at Uvongo Town Hall with the branches where the decision to strip the local body of its executive powers was announced.The PEC also formed a task team to oversee municipal issues and run the 2017 regional conference. A source inside the ANC said in early July, the PEC called an executive meeting where some issues were raised. The PEC allegedly told the REC it was investigating complaints from the 2015 elective conference and 2016 local government elections.The source further said there is speculation the PEC is trying to weaken Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign to become the next ANC president at the December national elective conference, as the Lower South Coast region reportedly backs him. “Everyone knows that Forces of Change back Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma while the Progressives are in the Ramaphosa camp,” said another informer.Before the ANC conference in 2014, some party members claimed their names were removed from the membership database during the process of branch general meetings. They claimed this was done so that they could not nominate a delegation to the ANC regional conference because the leadership was aware they wanted change.The same happened before elections last year as some members claimed their names were also removed from the database.Chetty assured communities that the party is stable in the region and municipalities are functioning well.