Masualle supporters disrupt first day of ANC Eastern Cape conference

2017-09-30 10:44
Phumulo Masualle (File)

Phumulo Masualle (File)

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East London - Security officials at the ANC's Eastern Cape elective conference were unable to stop supporters of outgoing chair Phumulo Masualle from forcing their way into the venue on Friday night.

Delegates dressed in white T shirts bearing the face of Oliver Tambo sang "we are strong" as they gained entry to the plenary hall at the International Convention Centre.  

Police were then called to defuse the situation.

Political report

Shortly before the interruption, Masualle had sung his own praises during his political report, saying that under his stewardship the provincial leadership had become the cause of envy in the party, as it had displayed unity.

The SACP's Eastern Cape secretary, Xolile Nqatha, however predicted that the province would head to the national conference more divided than before, because of the contestation between Masualle and his secretary Oscar Mabuyane. 

ANC facing deepest crisis post 1994

Masualle advised delegates to use the provincial elective conference strategically as the party was facing its deepest crisis post 1994. Addressing the current problems faced by the provincial ANC Youth League, Masualle said its disbandment led to confusion and uncertainty in the province. 

"One wouldn't be mistaken for believing that it was no more."

Regaining lost ground

However, he also said the alliance was crucial in regaining lost ground following the party's massive losses during the local government elections.

"The question has to be asked, why do we enjoy less favour when service delivery has been achieved? I remember some comrades saying that all this expenditure wasted in areas that do not vote for us must be shifted to the rural areas because they vote for the organisation."

"There is a growing perception, [and] it’s a fact," he said.

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