Embattled ANC Nelson Mandela Bay chairman Andile Lungisa is looking to the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC), set to meet at the weekend, to prevent his removal from his post. He was given until Thursday to step aside but he is adamant that he will not do so before the party’s national leadership discusses the matter. This is after the party’s officials, as well as its provincial leadership, called on him to vacate his office. Lungisa defied party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and stood for election to his post even though he was not eligible to do so according to party rules. Mantashe has stood fast on the matter, saying last week that it would set a bad precedent for the party if Lungisa was allowed to continue in the post, opening the way for other members to break the rules in a similar way. Lungisa was not allowed to stand for election to a lower party structure because of his position on its provincial executive committee. However, he has a powerful backer in the par...

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