Being in the political space requires one to grow a thick skin since a slight mistake is enough to ruin decades' worth of toil. Andile Lungisa is currently topping the headlines after a ruling was made on his court case. You might want to read on for details on what has befallen the politician.
Andile Lungisa is on the headlines for not-so-good reasons. His political career is hanging by a thread after a ruling was made on his appeal. In 2016, he was summoned in court after he was allegedly involved in an assault. The case was ruled in 2018 where he was sentenced to three years in prison, a ruling that he appealed; hence, he was out on bail for two years. The verdict of the appeal was recently made, and it looks like he might lose more than he envisioned. How about reading on for details?
Andile Lungisa profile
- Full name: Andile Lungisa
- Date of birth: 21st December 1979
- Place of birth: Tsomo, Chris Hani District Municipality, Eastern Cape
- Nationality: South African
- Profession: Politician
- Political party: African National Congress
- Marital status: Married
- Andile Lungisa Twitter: @mrlungisa
Andile Lungisa biography
Andile Lungisa is one of the most loyal politicians in the African National Congress. He kicked off his political career at a pretty young age and has risen over the years to serve several political and administrative positions. Apart from Andile Lungisa ANC roles, he has a history of representing the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality as a councillor.
Andile Lungisa age
He was born on 21st December 1979 in the Eastern Cape region. Therefore, he will be turning forty-one years in December 2020. He spent the better part of his childhood life in the area.
Andile Lungisa wife
The name of his wife is Ursula Sali, and he boldly appreciates her. In 2019, he sent her birthday wishes on his Twitter account. This is proof of how proud he is to be a family man.
Andile Lungisa career
Andile ventured into politics at the tender age of 14 through the South African Students Congress (SASCO). A couple of years later, he was elected to the position of сhairperson of SASCO, and he represented the Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth region. Running this position influenced him to start the ANCLY branch in the western part of Port Elizabeth, where he became one of the executive committee members.
In 2001, Andile was elected to serve the position of deputy chairperson of the ANC for the Nelson Mandela Bay region. Since his election to this position, he has served the following other roles:
- April 2008 to June 2011 - He was elected to be the deputy of the ANC Youth League.
- April 2009 to April 2013 - He served as the Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency.
- December 2011 to November 2014 - He served as the President of the Pan-African Youth Union.
- 27th August 2018 to 2nd August 2020 - Member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for the Department of Infrastructure and Engineering at the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.
Andile Lungisa latest news
On 9th September 2020, The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled on the case that was tagged on Andile Lungisa. This was after Mr Lungisa had appealed against the court ruling and sentence in 2018. This ruling was in regard to a case that he was involved in 2016 where he was alleged to have assaulted a fellow councillor.
In 2018, the Grahamstown High Court sentenced him to three years in prison, although one was suspended. This sentence was ruled after he was accused of smashing a jug at a fellow councillor Ryno Kayser. While giving a summary of the judgement, the Supreme Court of Appeal made the following remarks,
The Supreme Court of Appeal found no basis to interfere with the sentence imposed by the trial court, on the grounds that that court had appropriately balanced the appellant’s personal circumstances, the nature and seriousness of the crime committed and the interests of society,
Suspension from his position in the ANC
The ruling might have damning consequences for the politician since the ANC recently declared that all party's officials who will be involved in serious charges would be forced to step down from their posts.
After the court ruling, the ANC National Executive Committee reached out to the provincial secretariat of the Eastern Cape region to instruct Andile to resign from his position. The committee also recommended that he should be suspended from his role as a member of the provincial executive committee.
Responding to the ruling
Lungisa responded to the issue regarding his suspension by saying that he will not heed to the decision by the ANC National Executive Council. He went further to defend himself by stating that the decision did not affect the party's ordinary members.
The SCA, however, stressed the seriousness of the crime that he had committed, claiming that he had caused the complainant life-threatening injuries stating,
It observed that Mr Lungisa used a dangerous weapon when hitting the complainant on a sensitive part of his body, the temple, causing serious, potentially fatal injuries.
He did not behave in a manner expected by the community of its councillors, failed to take responsibility for his actions and showed total lack of remorse for his deeds.
What are your thoughts on the decision of the ANC National Executive Committee? Do you think the decision to oust Andile Lungisa was fair? Be sure to leave your comments about the matter.
Briefly.co.za published details of another lawsuit that Lungisa was facing. He was confident that the lawsuit would be unsuccessful. Lesetja Kganyago, the governor of the Reserve Bank, filed a lawsuit against Andile Lungisa, suing him for defamation. This was after he claimed that he had used the exceptional k-word to refer to him.