Alliance partners welcomes Mashinini’s appointment

Sam Mashinini, new chairperson of the ANC in the Free State

The Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Free State, Monyatso oa Mahlatsi, said that the union welcomes and acknowledges Sam Mashinini as the new chairperson of the ANC in the Free State.
“We also realise that Mashinini has a great responsibility of leading the party in difficult times and at a time when a lot of people hold different views about a number of issues, including challenges with regards to the elective conference the party held this past weekend. Despite all this, we believe in his leadership capabilities and we will continue to engage with him robustly where differences arise,” Mahlatsi said.
Mahlatsi says the fact that Mashinini comes from a trade union background also adds to the union’s confidence in him as a leader that understands the challenges unions are faced with. He believes Mashinini can unify the ANC in the Free State with its alliance partners, namely, Cosatu and the South African Communist Party (SACP).
Meanwhile, SACP’s Secretary-General, Charles Stofile, said while he could not comment on Mashinini as an individual, he wanted to congratulate the party on its new leadership. Stofile said he hopes that the new leadership will bring unity in the province, firstly among the ANC itself then with all its other stakeholders.
“The new leadership must work hard to ensure they dismantle factions within the party which have proven to be cancerous. We have serious issues to deal with in the country, including the re-emergence of racism as well as the focusing on ridding our townships of the Apartheid spatial planning principles and designs,” Stofile said.
He said that apart from unifying the party and its members, the ANC in the Free State and at national level has a heavy responsibility of transforming the country on a social and fiscal front and cannot afford to waste time on internal party squabbles. – Pulane Choane