Mashatile re-elected ANC Gauteng chair

By Drum Digital
04 October 2014

Paul Mashaile has been re-elected chairman of the ANC in Gauteng.

ANC Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile has retained his post at the party's 12th provincial elective conference in Pretoria, while the province's premier David Makhura was re-elected deputy chair. The announcement was made on Friday night, African National Congress spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement. This was a day earlier than scheduled, and the party did not explain the reasons behind it. Kodwa said all the positions of the provincial officials were uncontested.

Mashatile, the former arts and culture minister, was booted out of Cabinet when President Jacob Zuma announced a reshuffle in May.

He was replaced by Nathi Mthethwa who was moved from the police ministry. Mashatile, an outspoken former Gauteng premier has maintained a hardline stance on e-tolling in the province.

At the conference of Friday, he told delegates that government agencies like the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) did not run the country.

"It's not that I don't like Sanral, but they must know their place. Government agencies don't run the country, but the ANC does. I don't like government agencies that take on politicians," Mashatile said to applause and whistling.

"They must go and be elected first. We appoint officials to implement the policies of the ANC. Sanral cannot tell us what to do. We tell them what to do."

Makhura, former Gauteng ANC secretary took over the reins of the provincial legislature in May, replacing Nomvula Mokonyane.

Former Gauteng health MEC Hope Papo was elected provincial secretary at the conference, while former deputy health minister Gwen Ramakgopa was named deputy secretary.

Like Mashatile, Ramokgopa also lost her government post in May when Zuma removed her as deputy health minister. She was previously mayor of Tshwane.

Gauteng legislature speaker Ntombi Mekgwe was elected provincial treasurer.

Kodwa sent his congratulations to the elected officials.

"The ANC ...wishes the delegates productive deliberations as they grapple with the important issues of advancing radical socio-economic transformation," he said.

The conference, which started on Friday, was attended by senior officials including ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte, treasurer Zweli Mkhize and ANC MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Former provincial chairs Tokyo Sexwale and Mathole Motshekga were also

The conference ends on Sunday when Zuma is due to make a keynote address.

More than 400 of the party's Gauteng branches were attending the conference.

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