Mashatile poser for ANC

THE re-election of Paul Mashatile as chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng will put the party's national executive committee under pressure to consider returning him as premier.

THE re-election of Paul Mashatile as chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng will put the party's national executive committee under pressure to consider returning him as premier.

Mashatile retained his position after securing 531 votes to Nomvula Mokonyane's 356 at the much-anticipated ANC elective conference in Tshwane at the weekend.

Mashatile served as premier after Cope deputy president Mbhazima Shilowa resigned from the ANC in 2008.

Hardly six months in office, President Jacob Zuma removed Mashatile to make way for Mokonyane. The ANC Youth League and ANC structures in the province responded negatively and vowed to disrupt her term.

Votes for Mashatile by branch delegates had been interpreted as a clear sign of defiance of Zuma's decision to remove him. Mashatile is Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture.

Mashatile's supporters see his re-election as a one-way ticket back to the premiership.

"We want him to become the premier. We hope that those who supported Mokonyane using the two-centre of power argument will live up to their principles and support his premiership," said a supporter.

- Kingdom Mabuza

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