ANC PEC takes over region
THE ANC's provincial executive committee (PEC) has taken control of the OR Tambo region in Eastern Cape following the collapse of its elective conference.
The conference, held on Monday, was called off minutes before the announcements of the results of a contest for the regional chairmanship between Thandekile Sabisa, from the pro-change faction, and William Ngozi, a strong supporter of President Jacob Zuma's second-term bid.
The PEC said the results were not credible after they found 10 more ballots than the registered number of delegates. It is understood Sabisa won the contest by one vote.
This decision led to the conference ending abruptly after a verbal showdown between PEC members and delegates.
ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane said the leadership was hamstrung as it could not release election results "that were not credible". He said, however, that the conference has been adjourned and not abandoned.
"The PEC will be in charge of the OR Tambo office until a decision has been taken on the way forward. We are currently doing an investigation to get to the bottom of what actually transpired. We are investigating how the conference had more votes than credentials adopted by the conference."
This decision has infuriated the regional ANC Youth League, which came out with guns blazing yesterday against what it termed "orchestrated thuggery" by the PEC.
"We are perplexed and angry as this has shown their (PEC) disregard for the will of the people. We want to put it on record that this has been a very well-orchestrated thuggery by the PEC.
"Our reasoning for that is that since day one the province has been running all the preparations, sidelining the region ..." said ANCYL regional secretary Ndumiso Sapepa.