Kaya News Reporter
A video of ANC Treasurer General Paul Mashatile allegedly dished out cash to church congregations while doing his campaign rounds has surfaced on social media.
The church service which was allegedly in Vhembe has raised many eyebrows, particularly due to ongoing reports of ANC staff not getting paid their salaries.
— Carl Niehaus (@niehaus_carl) September 26, 2021
In May, the ANC’s financial crisis were communicated at a national executive committee (NEC) meeting, with treasurer general Paul Mashatile proposing a 50% staff cut.
In a leaked recording, which trended on social media, of the organization’s highest decision making body, Mashatile is heard says he is preparing a comprehensive report to be tabled before party officials, detailing a number of recommendations they should consider, including increasing levies and membership fees.
Bafowethu 🔥 Here’s the leaked recording of ANC TG Paul Mashatile addressing the #ANCNEC this morning. He speaks about
1- The ‘stepping aside’ regulations.
2- The finances of the ANC.
3-The intention to cut ANC staff by 50%. pic.twitter.com/rUTRxW2Jew
— The Insight Factor (@insightfactor) May 9, 2021
Mashatile has defended his actions explaining what transpired at the church service, he was said this is something very common in church where people share money. It was not an attempt to buy votes.
“It is not true that I was handing out money to the congregants. We attended a church service in Makhado and during the tithe offering I handed money to my team so that I’m not the only one contributing to the offering,” Mashatile said.
He also touched on the issue of outstanding salaries for ANC members.
“The issues of Luthuli House are being addressed, I am sure that by next month people will get paid. We are fundraising, we are getting money. We keep briefing them all the time.It’s not that we leave them in the dark, and when we get money will update them.”
Paul Mashatile explains why he was allegedly dishing out cash in a church 🙄 pic.twitter.com/MUrBe6eZYz
— Motshoane Mabena (@MotshoaneMabena) September 26, 2021
Twitter users have reacted to video:
Paul Mashatile claims during tithe offering while at the church service in Makhado, he then handed money out to his “team” so they themselves would offer their tithe. Question is surely members of his team don’t have cash on their persons because we assume they are working people
— Jabu Gumbi Mtshali (@GumbiMtshali) September 27, 2021
I wonder if Paul Mashatile the ANC Treasurer General will receive blessings from the taxpayers or from the voters. Maybe he should have invited some of the employees from loot-holy house to attend the service. pic.twitter.com/kYuHSAseA1
— Terry, The true son of the soil. (@TMicholson) September 27, 2021
It’s not true that @MYANC Treasurer General @PaulMashatile handed out money to congregants. Our TG gave his team money to make an offering at the church – not even equal to the salary of a single employee of the ANC. Wanna be shop-stewards get facts.
— PULE MABE (@pulemabe) September 26, 2021