Mashatile defeats Gauteng premier

2010-05-08 07:32

Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile retained his position after

a bruising leadership battle with his deputy, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.


After a long day that ended with delegates voting late last night,

Mashatile obtained 531 votes against Mokonyane’s 356.


The party’s electoral commission announced that the position of

deputy chair would be filled by Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa, who beat Bafana

Sibisi. She obtained 513 votes against his 364 votes.


The provincial secretary, David Makhura, retained his position

after obtaining 485 votes.


The special adviser to basic education minister Angie Motshekga,

Panyaza Lesufi, obtained 197 votes and Pule Mlambo obtained 200 in the contest

for the position of the provincial secretary.


Humphrey Memezi was elected the new deputy secretary with 505

votes.


The position of the treasurer went to Ntombi Mekgwe, the mayor of

Ekurhuleni.


Delegates cheered and shouted as the announcement was made, and

Mokonyane’s supporters watched silently as Mashatile moved onto the stage.


The electoral commission opened nomination for the remaining

position in the provincial executive committee (PEC) and Mokonyane declined her

nomination to the PEC.


Mashatile’s win poses a challenge for Mokonyane as it creates two

centres of power, one leader in the ANC and another in government in the

province.


Earlier Mokonyane dismissed reports that two centres of power would

put her in a difficult position.


“I do not want to link my deployment as premier to this process,”

she said.

 

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