ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/ANA

Johannesburg - The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting has resolved to institute an appeal panel that will help resolve the party’s issues in the Eastern Cape. 

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the NEC will send four members, Sbu Ndebele - who will chair the panel - Rejoice Mbaudafhasi, Joyce Moloi and Sdumo Dlamini.
 
Mantashe said the group is tasked with meeting with all parties and to draw up a report that will inform the party’s decision.
 
“The panel will interrogate and ask witnesses questions on the basis of evidence an then a recommendation will be made and a decision will be made,” said Mantashe on Tuesday at media briefing.

The Eastern Cape ANC has been divided following its tense provincial elective conference where a faction lead by Andile Lungisa stormed out of the conference alleging irregulates. 

The conference was allowed to go ahead and Oscar Mabuyane was elected chairperson. But the conference was followed by a court battle with the opposing faction appealing the conference. 

It was rumoured that the NEC would send Fikile Mbalula and David Mahlobo as part of the task team, but Mantashe has denied this saying that was a factional view.
 
While the appeal is being heard against the conference, Mantashe said the Provincial Executive Committee elected a few months ago – led by Mabuyane - was still in place.
 
“It is appealed and a panel has been sent to deal with that issue,” he said. 

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