Eastern Cape ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) members aligned to former provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle snubbed the first meeting of the PEC at the weekend. However, the meeting at Dan’s Country Lodge outside Mthatha went ahead – and a new provincial working committee was elected. This happened while there is still a court case, with disgruntled party members wanting the conference held at the East London ICC declared illegal after delegates fought with chairs over credentials.
Mthatha-based lawyer Mvuzo Notyesi has given ANC headquarters Luthuli House until Monday to nullify the outcome of the eighth Eastern Cape ANC provincial conference or face legal action. This is contained in a letter dated October 5 that Notyesi wrote to the governing party’s highest decision-making body – the NEC, President Jacob Zuma and secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.
Chairs and fists flew as supporters of Phumulo Masualle and Oscar Mabuyane exchanged blows inside the conference venue with the fights spilling outside as the former’s supporters fled for their lives. Scores of delegates were injured as ambulances rushed into the ICC to attend to those that needed emergency services. Several outgoing provincial executive committee (PEC) members including Masualle and former ANCYL deputy president Andile Lungisa were whisked away by security.
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