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Mashatile: ANC needs to manage perceptions it has become complacent to corruption

Paul Mashatile conceded that the pain felt by the ANC has been self-inflicted & introspection is needed.

ANC Gauteng leader, Paul Mashatile. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Paul Mashatile says he believes the current Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting will provide a watershed moment for the party, where it will save its soul.

Mashatile spoke during an extended PEC meeting on Friday where he warned against members being victims of their own propaganda.

He says the organisation needs to manage perceptions that the ANC has become complacent to corruption and condescending when members speak out against the ills of the party.

Mashatile has told top ranking ANC officials not to fall into the trap of believing the party had won the election because that would plunge it into further denialism.

The Gauteng ANC chair 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.

Mashatile 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.

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