We will follow your footsteps in cleaning up ANC, Mashatile tells Chinese Communist Party

Treasurer-general’s comments come at a time when the ANC is torn apart by factionalism and corruption

21 June 2021 - 20:04 Nonkululeko Njilo
The ANC will follow the path of the Chinese Communist Party in building an ethical organisation that deals with corruption, says treasurer-general Paul Mashitle. File photo: VELI NHLAPO
The ANC will follow the path of the Chinese Communist Party in building an ethical organisation that deals with corruption, says treasurer-general Paul Mashitle. File photo: VELI NHLAPO

The ANC will follow in the steps of the Chinese Communist Party in building an ethical organisation that deals with corruption without fear or favour, party treasurer-general Paul Mashatile said Monday.

Mashatile expressed these sentiments during a dialogue exploring bilateral relations between SA and China, as the Chinese Communist Party marks its centenary.

“We share deep bones of friendship and solidarity with the people of China, although our countries are continents apart, although we have very different histories, there is much that we have in common, and there is much that we can learn from each other,” he said.

His sentiments come at a time when the ruling party is torn apart by factionalism and corruption.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged to clean up the party and government — a decision that has already seen a number of party stalwarts being asked to step aside from their positions as law enforcement organisations investigate and prosecute them for alleged wrongdoings.

Mashatile said the ruling party has always admired the Chinese path of development, which has seen the country emerging from imperialism and colonialism to being the second-largest economy in the world.

“We are inspired and will continue to draw lessons on how the country, led by the party, has succeeded in lifting nearly 100-million out of poverty and has accomplished the task of eradicating absolute poverty. 

“As we renew our movement, we will emulate the example of the Communist Party of China in putting people first and always ensuring that their interest remains our primary occupation,” he said.  

In not so many words, Mashatile admitted that the ANC had been plagued by challenges. However, he was confident it would prevail.

“Like the Communist Party of China, we too will constantly improve our movement’s capacity and capability to lead a united society. We too will build a strong, ethical ANC, that will act firmly without fear or favour against corruption,” he said.  

Mashatile said the party was working hard to redeem itself and restore trust with its constituency. “We will also work hard to regain the trust of the people of our country and eliminate social distance between our movement and the people.”   

Chinese ambassador to SA Chen Xiaodong said the Communist Party had adopted a firm stance on corruption. He said more than 1-million party officials, including more than 400 officials at the provincial minister level, had been subjected to disciplinary action. Meanwhile, more than 152,000 Chinese officials had been held to account in an anticorruption campaign.

“The [Communist Party] continues to intensify efforts against corruption and exercise effectively self-supervision, strict self-governance,” said Xiaodong.  “No place, no ground and no tolerance is shown to corruption. It does not matter who are the persons in question and it does not matter how high their positions are.”

Xiaodong added that the Communist Party had set two centenary goals, the first of which was to build a moderately prosperous society by 2021. This was achieved in 2020. 

No place, no ground and no tolerance is shown to corruption. It does not matter who are the persons in question and it does not matter how high their positions are.
Chinese ambassador Chen Xiaodong

“The second one is to build a strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful modern socialist country by 2049,” he said.

Mashatile congratulated the Communist Party on its centenary, saying he was confident it would continue to take the country to greater heights.

“As the world continues to grapple with the Covid-19 health and economic crisis, we acknowledge the important strides China has made in the global response to the pandemic. This includes the provision of Covid-19 vaccines to more than 30 African countries already. We also appreciate the financial aid from China to support Covid-19 responses in developing countries, including in Africa,” he said.

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