Paul Mashatile (left) and Gwede Mantashe (right)
THERE was a time in history when politicians and their supporters met secretly to plot moves to take over power. Not these days! If the plans are not discussed on social media platforms, which are surprisingly deemed secret enough by those involved in the plan, discussions are leaked. It can be by simply forwarding the chat group discussion or secretly recording a discussion and posting it on social media.
It is therefore quite amusing to see supporters pledging secrecy to a plot hatched on Whatsapp, for example.
And so as the CR campaign supporters bickered over the names of ANC Gauteng Chairperson Paul Mashatile and ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe as being part of their Top 6 nominations, the ANC in Ekurhuleni declared their wish to have these two as the preferred candidates to hold positions of treasurer and chairperson, respectively.
In a media statement following it’s executive committee meeting, the Regional Executive Committee of The African National Congress In Ekurhuleni declared Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as the preferred candidate to lead the organisation after December 2017.
“Furthermore, the REC expressed its appreciation to the work done over the past 10 years by Cde Gwede Mantashe as SG and further express the desire to have him elected as National Chairperson in the coming Conference. The REC also expressed its intention to lobby for the current Provincial Chairperson of Gauteng, Cde Paul Mashatile, to become Treasurer General”.
The name of Mashatile on this slate comes as a surprise given that he’s seen as a Ramaphosa supporter. He’s reported to have endorsed the deputy president at a recent West Rand regional general council. There are some in the ANC, Mashatile too, who say the ANC’s succession history points to the deputy president as the natural successor to the president. They argue that Ramaphosa should be the next president of the ANC.
African National Congress Succession History being widely circulated in defence of Ramaphosa being the successor.
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