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Differing views on Nkandla 'a sign of strength'

Gauteng Chair Paul Mashatile says a differing view does not mean that there is animosity within the ANC.

ANC flags at the party's Mangaung conference. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson Paul Mashatile says a decision to break rank, urging President Jacob Zuma to do the right thing following the Nkandla scandal, was made with the majority support from the branches.

Mashatile addressed a dialogue among ANC professionals and academics in Pretoria aimed at analysing whether the party's manifesto caters for the middle class.

He says a differing view does not mean that there is animosity, but rather a show of the strength of the organisation.

Mashatile has boldly stated that he too was among those who initially didn't accept Zuma's apology for the Nkandla scandal.

"There were those among us who felt that the apology was not adequate, I was one of them."

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He has slammed claims that the Gauteng ANC will be isolated following its recent provincial executive committee report.

"The PPC has the right to a view and not because they take the view in favour of somebody, or because they're scared of somebody. We are not scared of anybody."

The Gauteng ANC chair says the organisation will remain strong and grow, if it allows differing views.

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