Leadership change is no sin – Mashatile

2012-10-01 09:01
ANC Gauteng chairperson man Paul Mashatile has lashed out at opponents of change within the party saying that when members supported change in Polokwane it was no sin.

“We contested (the then ANC leadership) in Polokwane why is it a sin now?”

Mashatile was addressing a large crowd of ANC Youth League (ANCYL) supporters at Mdantsane’s Indoor Sports Centre yesterday.

He said people needed to understand that politics changed and nothing lasted forever, the Dispatch Online reported today.

Mashatile, also arts and culture minister, warned supporters of President Jacob Zuma’s second term that Gauteng, along with the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, would ensure Zuma’s ousting.

The Buffalo City Youth League hosted the event to mark the end of heritage month celebrations.

Mashatile is believed to be opposed to a second term for Zuma as party president.

Delegates at a Gauteng ANC Women’s League conference heckled Mashatile when he attended their event in Pretoria on Friday afternoon.

He made hasty strides to the exit, shortly after he had entered the room and sat in front of the delegates.

The delegates burst into a chorus: “Mashatile, tsamaya! [SeSotho for ‘leave’]”.

Outside the room, Mashatile declined to comment on the incident. He held a brief meeting with the leadership of the league.

Most of the delegates made chants suggesting their intention to have Zuma re-elected as ANC president at the upcoming Mangaung elective conference.