Speedy Mashilo: I will definitely contest

He said theirs is a campaign to renew the ANC, take it to people and make it a force of social change.


Nkangala ANC leader Speedy Mashilo has said he will definitely avail himself and contest in Mpumalanga’s upcoming 13th elective congress.

Mashilo is said to be a one-man show and aims to lead all others. He said that was not true and he himself will wait for the branches to nominate him for a position.

He is listed as the deputy provincial chairman on a slate that wants acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu as chair. “That’s correct, I will be available definitely if the branches nominate me and that will be for any position,” Mashilo said.

Mashilo celebrated his 55th birthday at his home village of KwaMhlanga on 2 January 2020, where scores of ANC members and regional leaders attended, which included Gert Sibande ANC leaders.

“I will be asked by my own branch and my own region to stand and I will definitely stand for a position and for now I will not say which position I will be available for but definitely I will contest,” he said when he spoke to the 013NEWS reporter.

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Mashilo said it will all be known once “the branch processes have concluded and where one will have to make a careful choice, depending on how many branches nominated me”.

He added rumours that he actually wants to be the chair were not correct and “at no point have I ever said I want to be the chair”.

“All my life I grew up in the ANC. I have been taught discipline, that as a member you first must be nominated and rumours that I want to be the chair, deputy or treasurer are unfounded because I have not yet spoken out about positions,” he said.

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Asked what kind of an ANC they expect as leaders after conference, Mashilo said they are looking for the kind of ANC that is “principled, stable and reliable”.

“It hurts us to see the ANC being taken by individuals for selfish benefits. 

“We want a hardworking ANC that will be able to fight corruption at all cost and deliver to the people. The challenges of the country are now huge and require men and women that are principled and that understand the ANC,” said Mashilo.

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(edited by ZK)

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