Politician who ‘shares money with blacks’ hires spin doctor

2014-11-12 14:55

Mpumalanga ANC office bearer Nathaniel Mashile has hired a public relations company to clean up his battered image following a video that showed him dishing out cash to revellers at a Johannesburg night club.

Mashile is the party’s Ehlanzeni regional deputy secretary and a tenderpreneur hired to do events management with various Mpumalanga government departments. The seat of Ehlanzeni is Nelspruit.

His company, Aupas Trading, clinched a three-year contract with the provincial public works, roads and transport department in July.

His other company, MBE Promotions, was hired for the school nutrition programme two years ago.

The video, which went viral last week, showed him handing out R200 notes to DJs and dancing patrons at Taboo night club in Sandton during sushi king Kenny Kunene’s party about two weeks ago.

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Bokamoso Events Management Company has organised a media conference, scheduled for tomorrow in Mbombela, to “clear the air”.

Bokamoso’s owner, Boitumelo Moatshe, said: “The press briefing seeks to clear the air and bring proper clarity on some of the distortions that have emerged since this matter went to the media. We feel that there are a lot of good things that Mashile has done, but they’ve not been reported.”

Moatshe said the video was “authorised”. He said Mashile would explain tomorrow who authorised the video and why.

The ANC in Mpumalanga has distanced itself from Mashile’s conduct and said he distributed the money in his personal capacity.

Mashile accused City Press of using his name to destroy the ANC and said he shared his money with blacks.

He had a lengthy interview with a news agency and was quoted as saying: “I have told my wife, who knows that those in need must be cared for, that these boys were playing good music over there. They impressed me ... as I am somebody who loves music and I also have an events management company that deals with music, I also felt I could give what was in my pocket to the girls who were dancing too. Is that a crime? I’m a person who views it as immoral to watch somebody dancing and not share what you have with them when they are sharing their talent.”

Mashile has been a high-flyer since he replaced State Security Minister David Mahlobo as the region’s deputy secretary. Mahlobo left to occupy a position in the ANC national executive committee.

Mashile’s appointment to the position two years ago was controversial because branches did not sit to nominate candidates.

His companies got more government jobs and he has been spotted driving luxury cars – a BMW X5 and a Jaguar.

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