Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile, now the party’s new treasurer-general, has led the ANC’s most progressive province since 2007. Mashatile, who was up against International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane for the job, won 2,517 votes against her 2,178. Mashatile has been an activist in the province since his student days, and in 1983 he co-founded the Alexandra Youth Congress (AYCO) and was elected as its first president. He became active in the United Democratic Front, where he served as the assistant general secretary in the Southern Transvaal region. He was the UDF's general secretary from 1989 until the UDF was dissolved. In 1992, Mashatile was elected ANC Gauteng secretary, working alongside Tokyo Sexwale, who was chairperson, and in 1994 he became a member of the provincial legislature. From 1996 to 2008 he served in different portfolios as an MEC in the province. In 1998 he was elected Gauteng ANC deputy chairperson until he was elected chairperson.

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