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Masina: ANC must avoid slate politics

Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina says that there must be unity among members when they go into the elective conference.

FILE: Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina. Picture: Twitter/@EMMInfo.

JOHANNESBURG - Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina says that he supports the view that the African National Congress (ANC) must avoid a slate contest at its elective conference in December.

He refrained from announcing which leader he would be backing.

Masina says that there must be unity among members when they go into the elective conference.

"We need to change the way we've been conducting ourselves with regards to slate politics. And we want to encourage other structures and engage... let's be open-minded and help the ANC to overcome this difficult period that we are in."

Last week, ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile shared the same view.

Mashatile says that the party's leadership in various provinces is trying to reach consensus to avoid a slate contest at the party's elective conference in December.

Mashatile, together with ANC Free State leader Ace Magashule, North West leader Supra Mahumapelo and KwaZulu-Natal's deputy leader Willies Mchunu attended a strategy meeting in Mpumalanga on Tuesday, calling for unity.

The party in a number of provinces has already endorsed different leaders, with KwaZulu-Natal supporting former African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and the Eastern Cape throwing its weight behind deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.