Paul Mashatile turns 58 today. The former Gauteng Premier has been an active participant in the ANC since his youth. Briefly.co.za gathered a few more interesting facts to celebrate his birthday.
1. Early childhood
Paul Mashatile was born on 21 October 1961 in Geraldsville, Pretoria. He was an active participant in the liberation struggle from his student days as a member of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS). He co-founded the Alexandra Youth Congress (AYCO) in 1983 and was elected as its first President.
2. Involvement in apartheid struggle
Mashatile was harassed by the apartheid security police who also attempted to assassinate him due to his involvement in the struggle for liberation. He was eventually detained without trial for four years in 1985. While serving his time in detention, the activist went on an 18-day hunger strike as part of a nationwide protest.
3. Role in the South African Communist Party
He was appointed as General Secretary of the SACP in Gauteng.
4. Entry into the Gauteng Legislature
In 1994, Mashatile became a member of the Gauteng Legislature and was appointed as Leader of the House. He was appointed as Gauteng’s MEC for Transport and Public Works in 1996. He went on to hold numerous posts in the Gauteng Provincial Government until 2008.
5. Treasurer General of African National Congress
On December 18, 2017, Mashatile was elected the Treasurer General of the African National Congress at the 54th National conference.
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