South Africa: Paul Mashatile, the kingmaker who could make or break Ramaphosa?

By Audrey Simango
Posted on Thursday, 24 November 2022 12:15

African National Congress (ANC) Paul Mashatile sits on stage at the closing ceremony at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg on December 21, 2017. (GULSHAN KHAN AFP)

In South Africa, Paul Mashatile is described as a man who magically wears three hats at once. He’s the ruling ANC party’s treasurer; acting secretary general and acting deputy secretary general.

Mashatile’s stealthy multitasking means he now holds the key to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s fortunes in Africa’s most industrialised economy.