Mangaung will be peaceful - Mashatile

Paul Mashatile says all the doomsayers will be disappointed come Mangaung.

Arts & Culture Minister and Gauteng ANC Chairman Paul Mashatile. Picture: ANC

JOHANNESBURG - ANC heavyweight Paul Mashatile on Friday said the party's elective conference in Mangaung in December will be orderly and there will be no bloodshed.

Mashatile was speaking at the Daily Maverick's gathering at the Victory Theatre in Johannesburg.

He said the conference cannot be only about leadership, but about how the ANC can improve lives and solve problems.

"There is a view outside that the ANC is very divided, and therefore, there's going to be blood on the floor when we get to Mangaung. Our approach is that the conference should be orderly."

Mashatile's confident the ANC will come back stronger from Mangaung and there will be more clarity on policy issues.

This comes after incidents of violence and intimidation during meetings of ANC branches.

Earlier this week, a prominent ANC leader allegedly threatened to fetch his gun from a car and shoot his fellow comrades, following disagreements over nomination processes at one of Gauteng's biggest branches.

On Thursday, the ANC Youth League formally nominated Kgalema Motlanthe for the party's presidency.

The ANC in the Western Cape is also divided over Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma.

Meanwhile, Cosatu made its stance known by saying that Zuma will be re-elected in December.