ANC won't disappear after elections without fulfilling its promises - Mashatile

Paul Mashatile told the congregation he was not making these promises with elections in mind.

Gauteng ANC chair Paul Mashatile campaigning at the Zulu Congregational Church in Soweto on 2 July 2016. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Africa National Congress (ANC) Gauteng chairperson Pail Mashatile says the ANC won't disappear after elections without fulfilling its promises.

Mashatile was campaigning at the Zulu Congregation Church in Soweto Yesterday.

Mashatile's promises to the church, which holds it services at a local school ranch, land from its own building to prioritise those who have been waiting for government housing for too long.

He told the congregation he's not making these promises with elections in mind.

"We'll not forget you. We'll always be with you and work with you."

The ANC leader said his party will develop a relationship with the church because it too was founded from a church.

He promised to be just "a phone call away" should the church need him.


Mashatile said the anger by party members in Tshwane over the appointment of Thoko Didiza as mayoral candidate is now a thing of the past.

When Didiza was appointed mayoral candidate violence erupted in areas around Tshwane, leaving five people dead, property destroyed and shops looted.

The ANC said since then it held internal meetings with branches who have now accepted Didiza.

Mashatile said the fact that the mayoral candidate can campaign around the capital city proves that these meetings have been successful.

"To just address a rally of more than 5,000 people in Hammanskraal just two days ago, and on Thursday she was in Mamelodi as well. So she's going around."

He said all party members in Tshwane are now focusing on one thing, winning the capital.


Mashatile said if the Democratic Alliance (DA) is elected into government it would bring back apartheid.

He told congregants that should they vote ANC, the days of holding church services at local schools would be over as his party would provide a site for them to build a church.

Other promises included housing for those that have been waiting for too long.

"I don't want to see this country once again taken by those who oppressed us. We have an opportunity to free ourselves."