Mashatile breaks silence

2012-09-11 00:00

ANC Gauteng leader Paul Mashatile has openly called for the current ANC leadership to be voted out at the ANC’s elective congress in Mangaung in December.

Addressing an ANC Youth League 68th birthday celebration in Tembelihle, Lenasia, yesterday, Mashatile, who is also Arts and Culture minister, said: “Let us adopt radical policies [in Mangaung], let us renew our organisation, let us renew our leadership”.

He also called for younger leaders and discipline as this change is effected.

This is the first time Mashatile, who is likely to feature among the top six candidates the “pro-change” camp will be nominating, has spoken publicly on the issue since the ANC’s provincial executive committee in Gauteng decided that they would support Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to become ANC president.

The gathering sang songs in praise of Motlanthe, made the soccer substitution sign with their hands and held up one finger to show they want President Jacob Zuma only to serve one term.

Zuma’s supporters usually show two fingers to denote a second term for Zuma.

Yesterday’s gathering, which started three hours late and attracted a crowd of about 300 young and old people, was also addressed by Young Communist League general secretary Buti Manamela, youth league deputy president Ronald Lamola, Gauteng youth league chairperson Lebogang Maile and Generations star Anga Makubalo.

Lamola said the ANC would “bring new leaders” in Mangaung, while Manamela, who is a Zuma supporter, did not touch on the issue of leadership battles.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was also billed to attend, but he didn’t show up. Mbalula is the youth league’s favoured candidate to replace Gwede Mantashe as ANC secretary-general.

Lamola also launched a scathing attack on Zuma’s repeated call for discipline in the party. “Every platform they get, they speak about discipline instead of providing houses to the people and giving them employment,” he said.

Lamola added that discipline features in “every lecture”, a reference to the ANC centenary lectures Zuma has been addressing.

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