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ANC congratulates Paul Mashatile

Chairperson Paul Mashatile and his executive running the province have been re-elected uncontested.

FILE: The African National Congress’ (ANC’s) Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile has warned delegates at the party's provincial conference to expect hotly contested elections in 2016. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has congratulated its Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile on his re-election at the party's 12th provincial conference in Centurion.

Former provincial secretary and now Gauteng premier David Makhura has been elected deputy chairperson.

Former health MEC Hope Papo has also made his entry into the top leadership.

The ANC's Nkenke Kekana says, "It is important for Gauteng to show unity, because our main focus is that our people's problems are addressed. Issues of e-tolls, water shortages are going to receive attention from this conference."

Mashatile and his executive running the province have been re-elected uncontested.

Delegates voted Mashatile back into the top position in Gauteng on Friday night.

The province's chairperson has been elected to lead the ANC in Gauteng over the next four years and will be at the helm of its election strategy in 2016.

Speaker of the Gauteng Legislature Ntombi Mekgwe also returns to her position as treasurer while Gwendoline Ramokgopa has been elected as deputy secretary.

Delegates were unanimous in their nominations and voting and the official announcement is expected before the gala dinner later this evening.

Meanwhile, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ruling party needs to demonstrate to South Africa it's serious about corruption by acting against party members found guilty.

Ramaphosa told the party's Gauteng conference they must change the public perception of the ANC.

"When they hear stories of corruption they think all those people are corrupt and want to line their pockets, so we must change our people's thinking when it comes to this."

On Friday Mashatile warned delegates at the party's provincial conference to expect hotly contested elections in 2016.

He urged them to embark on an intensive campaign to retain control of metro areas.

He delivered his political report on the first day of the elective conference in Pretoria.

He said new leaders will have to formulate a plan for the local government elections.

Mashatile added issues that have frustrated Gauteng residents need to be given special attention.

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