Mashatile: ANC Gauteng to meet other provinces to reach consensus on succession
ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile says Gauteng will continue to meet with other provinces over leadership.
JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) Chair Paul Mashatile has told Eyewitness News the party’s provincial leadership will continue to meet with other provinces to reach consensus on succession in the party despite President Jacob Zuma warning against this.
The provincial party held its policy conference at the weekend to prepare for the national policy gathering later this week.
Last week, Eyewitness News reported that Zuma cautioned against what he calls the “bargaining of candidates” between provinces, going as far as saying the ANC decided against this in 1997.
But Mashatile told Eyewitness News he disagrees with this.
“When we elect national leadership, you can’t just sit in our corner and propose a name. You need to engage with us, especially because we want consensus.”
Mashatile says Gauteng will continue to meet with other provinces over leadership.
“This is a make or break conference, you can’t just say let’s leave it to the branches. We’ll continue to engage.”
He says it’s always been the party’s tradition that when it's time for an elective conference, provinces meet to share views and ideas.
‘WE MUST REBUILD THE ANC’
Mashatile says the provincial party has agreed the moral integrity of the party needs to be rebuilt.
He said the ruling party needs to reclaim its place in society.
“We have agreed that we must rebuild the moral integrity of the ANC, and once more ensure that the ANC continues to be a leader of society and a parliament of the people.”
Earlier this month, Mashatile warned the party has been deeply divided and the succession debate has again become the source of even more division.
He has urged the party’s members to elect a leader who will unite the party ahead of the national conference.
Mashatile said now more than ever the ANC needs leaders who are not afraid to speak the truth.
Although the Gauteng chairperson has not publicly declared where his vote will go, he has not made his feelings about wanting President Jacob Zuma to step down a secret.
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)