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ANC hopeful of resolving issues around new NMB chair

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe instituted charges against Lungisa after he won the regional election over the weekend despite being told he would be breaking party rules by contesting it.

FILE: Andile Lungisa. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape says it believes challenges posed by the disciplinary charges against new Nelson Mandela Bay regional chair Andile Lungisa can be resolved.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe instituted the charges against Lungisa after he won the regional election over the weekend despite being told he would be breaking party rules by contesting it.

However, President Jacob Zuma appeared to have backed Lungisa's defiance of Mantashe.

Zuma and Mantashe appear to disagree strongly over Lungisa's behaviour, with Mantashe reportedly saying he had to refer Lungisa for disciplinary action because other people have been told they cannot break the same rule by contesting elections.

The ANC’s rule states that people holding office in a senior body, such as Lungisa's position in the Eastern Cape provincial executive committee, cannot contest an election in a lower body like the Nelson Mandela Bay region.

But Zuma went to the conference only after Lungisa had won the election and personally congratulated him there.
This seems to be an indication of further cracks in the ANC ahead of its December leadership contest.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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