Mashatile denies allegations of gatekeeping

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ANC Chairperson in Gauteng Paul Mashatile has denied allegations of gate-keeping in some branches in the province. Members from a branch supporting Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Chiawelo, Soweto say although they are members in good standing, their names do not appear on the list.

But speaking to the SABC, Mashatile said the problem did not emanate from the branch, but from the ANC’s national office.

Gatekeeping, buying of members and manipulation of internal processes have been identified in the discussion document titled ‘Organisational Renewal’, as three of the many weaknesses that have characterised the ANC in the last few years.

At an ANC branch in Chiawelo, Soweto, some ANC delegates to the party’s December national elective conference say their names are not appearing on the list from the national office. And they say this will make it difficult for them to participate in Branch General Meetings reducing their chances on deciding who should lead the ANC after its elective congress in December.

But Mashatile says the problem didn’t emanate from the branch, but from the ANC’s national office.

With Mashatile touted for the position of Treasurer General in the Cyril Ramaphosa camp, the ANC Gauteng Provincial Chairperson says they have not dictated to branches who should be the next ANC president.

Speculation is rife that Gauteng has thrown its weight behind Ramaphosa for the position of party president. But Mashatile says it is the job of the branches to choose who they want to lead the party.

And with just over a month before the ANC’s 54th national congress, Mashatile says the ANC in Gauteng is ready for the conference.

Over 4 720 delegates will attend the ANC’s 54th national congress, with KZN still the largest ANC province with Gauteng at No. 6 with 508 delegates… from 500 in 2012.