Nkandla ‘under control’ – Paul Mashatile

2014-05-01 10:15

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The ANC does not run away from issues regarding Nkandla and e-tolling, says Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile.

“Yes, people do raise this issue about e-tolls and Nkandla. The important thing is that we don’t run away; we explain what we do,” he said.

Mashatile said his party had outlined how it planned to engage people about e-tolling. “The issue of Nkandla will be attended to by the new Parliament, so it’s under control,” he said.

“But remember, it’s the ANC that introduced Chapter 9 institutions. It is the ANC that came up with the office of the Public Protector. It is the ANC that appointed a Special Investigating Unit (SIU). Our people know that we take accountability very seriously,” he said.

Mashatile said the ANC was committed to strengthening accountability.

“We are going to deal with these issues. Where there is wrongdoing, we will act to make sure that we move South Africa forward with integrity,” he said.

Mashatile was speaking at the fourth leg of the Wits Great Debate alongside Gauteng premier candidate for the DA, Mmusi Maimane, last night in Joburg.

Mashatile highlighted experience as the key reason that South Africans should vote for the ANC.

“Twenty years of democracy doesn’t require people who still need to learn the ropes, it requires experience,” he said.

Mashatile and Maimane were invited to discuss their plans for Gauteng as they battled for the province that garners the lion’s share of voters.

“It’s not a battle for Gauteng because we have already won the province. I am sure we will get over 60% of the votes,” Mashatile said.

He encouraged South Africans to invest in the ANC’s experience and partner with the party in reducing unemployment, poverty and inequality.

“The ANC has laid the foundation,” he said.

Maimane acknowledged the ANC’s role in creating a better Gauteng in comparison to 1994 but said there was a need for change.

“What Mr Mashatile is saying is that people should vote for more of the same. The same is a province that has failed to create jobs for South Africans. Two million people are unemployed,” he said. “What got us here isn’t going to take us there. We believe in change.”

Maimane assured attendees that his party would create a small jobs revolution, eliminate corruption and provide quality education and end e-tolling.

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