The Eastern Cape’s only two metropolitan municipalities are fast becoming a headache for the ANC’s youth wing as the race for local government elections in 2016 kicks off.
The ANC Youth Leagure is currently being run by an interim strcuture after the Ayanda Matiti-led provincial executive committee was stripped of its powers.
Provincial convener Ncedo Kumbaca yesterday admitted that opposition parties were making inroads in both Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and Buffalo City Metro.
DA provincial leader Athol Trollip declared immediately after the counting of the May general elections that winning Nelson Mandela Bay was the party’s next priority.
This was after the party was declared the official opposition in the Bhisho legislature.
The ANC’s support in Port Elizabeth dropped from 51% in the 2011 local government elections to 48.34% in the general election this year.
The DA received 41.55%, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) 3.88%, COPE 1.84% and the United Democratic Movement 1.55%.
“We are under siege from opposition parties at both Nelson Mandela and BCM and if the ANC expects to have better results during the 2016 elections, the ANCYL will have to have vibrant structures in these two areas,” said Kumbaca.
His statement comes on the eve of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) visit to the province this weekend.
Oscar Mabuyane earlier this week said there was a worrying trend of decreasing membership numbers in areas such as Nelson Mandela Bay, and the O R Tambo region.
The ANCYL has been due for an elective conference since September 2012. However, plans were shelved because of factional fights.
Kumbaca said the provincial task team (PTT) has set aside August 29 to 31 to hold the conference in Port Elizabeth.
However, successful branch general meetings (BGMs) will have to take place in each region to nominate the new PEC.
The auditing of branches started two weeks ago, but stalled last Friday when auditors had to leave the province and deal with the ANC’s auditing processes in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, Kumbaca said.
O R Tambo (127 branches), Alfred Nzo (95), and Nelson Mandela (48) managed to get their records in for auditing.
Kumbaca said the auditors should return to the province this month to deal with outstanding regions.
“Our approach has always been that every youth league member has to be an ANC member. If we get that right in PE and BCM, nothing will stop us in 2016,” said Kumbaca. —