The ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters will send a strong national team to tackle the violence that is perpetuating party structures in the eastern capewhere physical confrontations and murders increase.
The Eastern Cape Provincial Leaders have all the General Assemblies of the Branches (BGM) in the violent hotspots – Dr. WB Rubusana and Nelson Mandela regions – postponed to let Luthuli House find a solution to the conflict.
Representatives of all seven ANC Regions in the province have been summoned to a crisis meeting at the ANC’s Canon James Calata provincial headquarters in King William’s Town from Tuesday to Thursday.
The regions Alfred Nzo and Sarah Baartman would be treated first on Tuesday, followed by Amathole, Nelson Mandela and Dr. WB Rubusana on Wednesdays.
The team would finish its task by meeting OR Tambo and Chris Hanic regions on Thursday.
All ANC regions in the Eastern Cape were expected to hold elections before the provincial election conference, but it is clear that this could be postponed, or the polls not being held due to regular violence at party rallies.
Nelson Mandela Bay was the last to experience violence after an ANC councillor, Mzwandile Booi, was shot dead this week in KwaZachele borough.
In Dr. WB Rubusana, a physical confrontation broke out between members, causing the ANC provincial working committee to postpone all background music indefinitely on Monday.
The battle was a follow-up to the dissolution of 11 branches by the Provincial Executive, amid accusations by the regional and branch managements. This was a group decision of the leadership.
The province appointed task teams for the branches and sidelined the actual branches, so that the two structures in all branches worked parallel to each other.
The ANC provincial secretary, Lulama Ngcukayitobi, said: “The BGMs should be suspended until a proper assessment has been made of the interventions to calm the situation. This is done to avoid further risk of harm to people’s lives. ”
The province also stopped all background music in the Nelson Mandela Bay area after Booi’s murder.
Recently, ANC Councilor and Member of the Mayor’s Committee of Amathole . County Municipality Nanziwe Rulashe was forcibly dragged to the ground and kicked out of town halls by security personnel who would have been instructed to do so by the municipal secretary.
It is believed that Rulashe’s attack was part of the ongoing factional fighting in the region.