No sin to want change in ANC - Mashatile

2012-10-01 07:48
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East London - ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile has lashed out at opponents of change within the party, saying that it was no sin when members supported change in Polokwane.

 “We contested [the then ANC leadership] in Polokwane - why is it a sin now?”

The Daily Dispatch reported on Monday that Mashatile was addressing a large crowd of African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) supporters at Mdantsane’s Indoor Sports Centre on Sunday.

He said people needed to understand that politics changed and nothing lasted forever.

Mashatile, also arts and culture minister, warned supporters of President Jacob Zuma’s second term that Gauteng, along with the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, would ensure Zuma’s ousting.

The Buffalo City ANCYL hosted the event to mark the end of heritage month celebrations.


Mashatile is believed to be opposed to a second term for Zuma as party president.

Delegates at a Gauteng ANC Women's League conference heckled Mashatile when he attended their event in Pretoria on Friday afternoon. He made hasty strides to the exit, shortly after he had entered the room and sat in front of the delegates.

The delegates burst into a chorus: “Mashatile, tsamaya! [SeSotho for 'leave']”.

Outside the room, Mashatile declined to comment on the incident. He held a brief meeting with the leadership of the league.

Most of the delegates made chants suggesting their intention to have Zuma re-elected as ANC president at the upcoming Mangaung elective conference.

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