Political analyst Lukhanyo Vangqa says he believes that developments at the African National Congress (ANC)’s Eastern Cape ninth provincial conference, at the East London International Convention Centre, demonstrate that the incumbent Oscar Mabuyane is able to manipulate the processes.
The begin of the conference was delayed, when some delegates went to courtroom over disagreements on credentials, which might decide these allowed to vote when new provincial management was elected.
The case has since been struck of the roll, however the conference which was supposed to finish on Sunday, has now been prolonged to Monday.
Vangqa says Mabuyane controls the levers of energy.
“It takes an extraordinary amount of effort for a challenger that comes in from the outside to depose an incumbent because they don’t have access to the same levers of power that we can see here. So, fortune favours the incumbent, and that’s what we see here with Oscar Mabuyane. He’s able to cull the numbers from the other faction, ensure that some of their branches are unable to even make it as voting delegates,” explains Vangqa.
Below is the total interview with Political analyst Lukhanyo Vangqa:
Meanwhile, Mlibo Qoboshiyane has defended his decision to withdraw his candidacy for the position of chairperson of the ANC within the province.
Qoboshiyane introduced that he is supporting Babalo Madikizela for the position.
He says his choice to be part of Madikizela is primarily based on their widespread pursuits and never on personal achieve.
Sunday media briefing from the conference: