Mashatile was speaking at the ANC’s elective conference at the St George Hotel in Irene, outside Pretoria. He said the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) must know that the ANC was the one running the country and the government, not the agency.
His attack on Sanral created the impression that the ruling party was moving with speed to deal with the contentious e-tolling issue, which cost the party a massive loss in voter support during the national elections in May.
“I know there are people from Sanral who are here. They must know that they don’t run this country, but we do. I don’t like any government agency that takes on politicians,” added Mashatile.
Mashatile said the appointment of a panel to review e-tolls’ impact on the province was discussed at a national level before Premier David Makhura announced it to the public.
The panel would do its work and its report must be implemented, he added.
Turning to the ANC, Mashatile said it was incumbent upon ANC members to ensure any fellow member charged with a criminal offence that brought the organisation into disrepute, appeared before the integrity commission. He said such members should not occupy positions in the structures of the ANC.
He did not mention any charged member by name, but ANC MP Pule Mabe is a notable member who has been charged with fraud. He is also tipped to become the next president of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL).
Mabe and two co-accused were arrested last year for allegedly siphoning funds from the South African Social Security Agency through organisations that did not qualify for funding.
Mabe’s presidential candidacy was endorsed by the ANCYL in Gauteng, as was Mashatile’s to retain his position as ANC chairperson at the on-going conference.