Mashatile and Gwede’s Names on Ekurhuleni’s Top Six List

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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.

President James Moroka
Deputy President Albert Luthuli.

President Albert Luthuli
Deputy President Reginald Tambo

President Oliver Reginald Tambo

Deputy President Nelson Mandela

President Nelson Mandela
Deputy President Thabo Mbeki

President Thabo Mbeki
Deputy Gedleyihlekisa Zuma

President Jacob Zuma
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Should be
Cyril Ramaphosa
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  1. Edmund is right. No one should be handed the presidency on a silver platter. Everybody whom wish to be president should contest that position. Finish and klaar.

  2. Let’s fix this Pinky. Motlante was Deputy to Zuma before Ramaphosa took over. The ‘golden’ rule changed and no one complained as Motlante didn’t become a president automatically. UTata Walter Sisulu was Deputy President who didn’t become automatically a President. As for Mbeki, the less said the better, we all know Chris won the Deputy Presidential election at the Durban National Conference in 1991 by a margin of 12 votes but the elders wanted to play by the written script and nulled that outcome…but that’s how Tata Walter became the interim DP, just to ease the tensions and allow the script to take its course…

    1. Dear Sbu, I have seen how selective the motivation has been & how revisionist the Deputy Presidency and natural succession has been. Am glad that we’re not ALL always sleeping…..

  3. No ways,Deputy President Jacob Zuma contested the election it was NEVER given to him on a silver platter.

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