Mayor not held hostage: ANC

2012-08-16 14:34

Port Elizabeth - Reports that Nelson Mandela Metro Mayor Zanoxolo Wayile was being held hostage inside the ANC's Port Elizabeth offices were false, an official said on Thursday.

"This story is a fabrication," regional chairperson Nceba Faku said.

"It is not possible for branch members to hold a mayor hostage in the presence of NEC [national executive committee] members; it's impossible."

Faku said the ANC NEC, regional executive committee members and staff in the mayors' office were disturbed when they met at the party's Nelson Mandela Bay region headquarters on Monday.

A group of African National Congress members from various branches entered a room adjacent to theirs.

"The group was rowdy and was disturbing our meeting. They were demanding to speak to the NEC members about resolutions taken by branches of the ANC."

This related to a resolution taken in April by the regional congress that Wayile, Deputy Mayor Nancy Sihlwayi, speaker Maria Hermans and chief whip Fesiwe Sibeko should step down.

Faku said the NEC members agreed to listen to what the branch members had to say. During the meeting, a number of people protested outside the building and security staff decided to lock the doors, he said.

When Wayile, who was in the building, wanted to leave, but the security guard could not be found so the door could not be unlocked.

Police were then called to come open the padlock on the door, said Faku.

"The truth of the matter is [they] want the mayor, speaker and deputy mayor out... [and] people are exploiting every opportunity [they can]," he said.

  • chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-16 14:41

    Any queries please contact anc communications idiots!

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-08-16 15:03

    Somebody gave her work to do!

      procold2 - 2012-08-16 15:10

      hahahhaha for sure

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-16 15:21

    How unfortunate :(

  • gavin.rother - 2012-08-16 15:32

    And Faku is the protagonist in this whole saga. He is p****d off cos he wants to be mayor (again) so he can get his hands into the cookie jar to take whatever he can before it is empty. cANCer!

  • byron.pienaar - 2012-08-16 15:36

    I got ripped off...I phoned a Locksmith to unlock my car door when my keys was in the car...I should have phoned the Police! Pity a fire didn't break out

  • bobese.manyani - 2012-08-16 15:36

    Anyone that can give Mr Faku some real work to do please. even if its a tender cleaning the streets. he is hungry for power and money. we know its you Mr faku whatever the article says we dont believe why come with a story after 3 days it was reported.

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-08-16 16:12

    Why is it impossible to hold a mayor hostage if it is possible to hold a country hostage? Pls think before you speak man.

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