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Paul Mashatile: ANC victim of its own propaganda

Mashatile says the ANC needs to unlearn fallacious beliefs as the pain it feels now is self-inflicted.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson, Paul Mashatile, says the governing party has become a victim of its own propaganda, and needs to unlearn its fallacious beliefs.

Mashatile was speaking at the extended provincial executive committee, which was attended by ANC deputy secretary general, Jesse Duarte, and the various organisations of the party.

The Gauteng ANC chairperson has told top ranking officials not to fall into the trap of believing the party had won the local government election, because that would plunge it into further denialism.

Mashatile has conceded that the pain felt by the party has been self-inflicted, and deep introspection is needed urgently.

He says it is time they listened to the voters' when they cry about the organisations complacency, and when it comes to corruption.

The politician has spoken about the alien tendencies of ill-discipline, despicable arrogance and inexplicable denialism that have riddled the ANC in recent times.

NOT THE FIRST CALL FOR INTROSPECTION

In the months leading up to local government elections, the ANC in Gauteng called for the party to dig deep and introspect following the Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla.

At the time, the party's Hope Papo said it's important for the province to address the issues facing the party head-on.

The province said it was not being factional or insulting President Jacob Zuma, but instead has a different view from other ANC branches who had rallied behind him.

Papo says it's important for the ruling party to deal with the unprecedented crisis facing the party once and for all.

Last month, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said among the issues found in the party's analysis of the election results was the negative perception surrounding Nkandla.

Mantashe admitted that the negative narrative around President Zuma affected the party's performance in local government election.