Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
THE leadership tussle between Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile and his deputy Nomvula Mokonyane has once again raised questions about who the ruling party wants to lead SA's economic hub.
The move by President Jacob Zuma to appoint Mashatile as deputy minister of arts and culture, replacing him with Mokonyane as premier, did not go down well with the former's supporters.
They see the forthcoming provincial elective conference as an opportunity to re-endorse Mashatile as the provincial leader, with the possibility of him again becoming premier.
Mokonyane's supporters, on the other hand, want her to become provincial chairperson and premier at the same time.
The ANC would obviously like the contest between the two to be seen as part of the democratic process of electing a new leadership.
However, just as in the case of the contest between former president Thabo Mbeki and Zuma, the outcome does have serious ramifications for the people of Gauteng.
For them it is important that whoever comes into power deals with the continuing allegations that ANC members in the province flout tender processes to position themselves and their relatives as beneficiaries of government contracts.
If these concerns are not dealt with, then the whole exercise will be reduced to another tussle between members of the ruling elite on how to enrich themselves in the name of the poor majority who, after 16 years of democracy, continue to live under the yoke of poverty.