Mr. President, Sorry, I cant accept your apology, We are not scared of anybody – Paul Mashatile

Paul MashatileGauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile has begged to differ with the national executive committee’s position to accept President Jacob Zuma’s apology on the Nkandla matter.

Mashatile was addressing a gathering of ANC professionals and academics at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria on Friday about the outcomes of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting held after the Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla. The court found that Zuma had transgressed the constitution by not complying with the public protector’s remedial action to pay for non-security features installed at the expense of taxpayers at his Nkandla homestead.

Mashatile said that though there was a general consensus to forgive the president, he disagreed with it, and he wasn’t the only one. He said “there were those among us who felt that the apology was not adequate”.

“I was one of them. I say this because sometimes people think we say things in corners. I don’t speak in corners. But, of course, I was not the only one.”

Mashatile said the meeting was characterised by robust discussion and was not an exercise to “just paper over important issues”.

He said that after the NEC meeting, somebody wanted to know what would happen if he crossed paths with Zuma.

“I told the person that after saying what I said in the NEC meeting, the president looked at me and said Comrade, just take an apple’.”

He added: “We are not enemies. The worst thing that can happen to the ANC is if we can all think the same. The day we will all think the same, the ANC is dead.”

He defended the decision of the provincial executive committee (PEC) regarding what it thought should be the repercussions in the wake of the Constitutional Court judgment. “The PEC has the right to differ… has the right to have a view. We take a view not because we want to support a particular person or we are scared of someone. We are not scared of anybody.”

Mashatile urged the professionals to air their views in writing to the PEC. He said the PEC would go back to the ANC next month to give feedback following engagements with party members and civil society.

Mashatile said the NEC opting to engage must not be treated as a directive to follow a particular decision because it would defeat the purpose of engagement.

“Any decision that will not enjoy the legitimacy of our people will kill us.”

He commented on reports that the Guptas had approached some ANC members with offers of ministerial jobs. Mashatile said the decision to ask those who have been approached to bring evidence to the ANC secretary-general’s office was aimed at avoiding state capture.

To much applause, he told the gathering that the ANC won’t be captured.

“And our state will not be captured. Where there are signs that this thing is trying to come, we must chop it immediately.”

The Star

18 thoughts on “Mr. President, Sorry, I cant accept your apology, We are not scared of anybody – Paul Mashatile”

  1. That’s exemplary leadership, people like you ought to lead forever. No need to fight after robust discussion and heated debates, just have an apple and be jolly again.


  2. What is said here is correct. Is it possible for the person who says these things to be strikingly different when the time comes. Will there be even handed open tendering and stimulation of non party related commercial organizations. Or will funds slip into secret places as developers finance political paths to inappropriate, ill thought out, unwanted projects and truths remain untold as they avoid public gaze and are not discussed? These questions are just as important. Is the motive the maintaining of integrity at all times above political gain?


  3. I am a public citizen that wants to be informed and updated in the affairs of this country. So that i can take responsibility in the responses and decisions i make in the progress and the advancement of the national as an individual. Working in the collective streamline of national building in the scheme of things


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  4. I am the proud ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHER, what The Honourable Mashatile said makes him one brave man amongst many I cold feet chickens in the anc…. APPLAUSE TO YOU SIR!!!


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  5. Our country is being led to the caves by Zuma and his corrupt mafias, however we have long been saying that Jacob Zuma is an incorrect leader who,s costing us dearly, the fact that the ANC stalwarts and the civil society at large have decided to stand up and say loudly that this man must step down clearly shows that not everyone is in favor of this pandemonium, it is those who are blind to see the future, I am confident that with the likes of the Paul Mashatiles of this world who still walk tall and stand up for the truth, we still have a bright future so let us stand up and defend our country unitedly for nobody else will if not ourselves phambili ngokugxotha u Zuma! Phambili


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