Paul Mashatile scoffs at Maimane challenge

2013-08-10 16:29

The African National Congress will score an overwhelming victory in the 2014 national elections, Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile has said.

“Don’t forget we are in an election campaign and we have to keep the ANC in power,” he told graduates of the ANC’s Walter Sisulu Leadership Academy today at the Pretoria City Hall.

“In Gauteng we have decided that we are going to win this election with an overwhelming majority of 70%.

“He [Mmusi Maimane] was announcing himself as the next premier of Gauteng. He only joined politics in 2011. They announced a ‘mafikizolo’ [new comer], bayasidelela [they underrate us],” Mashatile said to applause.

The Democratic Alliance announced yesterday that Maimane had been elected as the party’s Gauteng premier candidate.

The father of two holds a psychology degree and masters degrees in both theology and public and development management.

Maimane was selected over DA Gauteng leader Jack Bloom for the candidacy.

Mashatile said the ANC would be the voter’s choice in the 2014 national elections because of its service track record since 1994.

“We are not going to give power away, never.

“The message of the ANC is very simple: today is better than before 1994. There are many who try to say things have not changed, siyahlupheka [we are struggling],” he said.

“It is worse when those people are in the middle class. Before 1994 how big was the middle class in South Africa? Look how big it [the middle class] is today.”

Mashatile urged the graduates to go out and recruit people.

“We are not saying everybody has a better life but we have done so much in this country than no one could have done. We must go out there proudly and talk to people,” he said.

“Tell them that South Africa today is better than yesterday. Also say to them: South Africa tomorrow will be better than today.”

Head of the ANC’s political education school, Nathi Mthethwa, urged the loyalists to lead exemplary lives in society.

“Whenever they are found, ANC cadres should act as the custodians of the principles of fundamental social change, winning respect among their peers and society at large through exemplary conduct,” he said.

“They must be informed by values of honesty, hard work, humility, service to the people and respect for the laws of the land.”

He said in the next decade, the ANC would prioritise political and general education and academic and skills development of the party’s membership and top brass.

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