Mashatile confirms is ready to face Maite

He told a national weekly that what is needed is a leadership that is self-critical and true to the cause it was elected for.


Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile has given a signal of his availability to serve in the top 6, City Press reported over the weekend.

He said what South Africans want is change and to see the ANC doing things differently this time.

Mashatile is nominated for the position of treasurer in the slate of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

He will face off with Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, the foreign minister, who is also nominated for the same post – but by the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma camp.

Gallo Images/Frennie Shivambu.

Mashatile was recently thought to be someone who would weigh his support behind ‘Unity’ – after he attended Mpumalanga leader DD Mabuza’s “special PGC” in Mbombela on 16 September 2017.

The PGC, believed to have been organised by the ‘Premier League’ – an NDZ lobby group comprised of provincial leaders – was attended by five provinces and was displayed as a stage meant to bolster support for Mabuza’s Unity campaign in the ANC; that the two ANC factions be merged so that the ANC comes with one leadership in December.

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Gauteng wants Mashatile to leave the province and go form part of the ANC’s top 6 in order for Premier David Makhura, who is currently Gauteng ANC deputy chairman, to take the baton as the new provincial leader.

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Mashatile, an open critic of President Jacob Zuma, told the paper that when he spoke hard truths about Nkandla he was not doing so to impress anybody but to show commitment to integrity.

“In most cases, when I raised [those] issues about Nkandla, I did not do so in the absence of [Zuma]. I would raise them when he was present and say: ‘President, let us pay this Nkandla thing.’

“Leaders must at all times lead without fear or favour, and without taking sides,” he said.

(edited by MLM)

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