Paul Mashatile

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Paul Shipokosa Mashatile
Minister of Arts and Culture
In office
1 November 2010 – 25 May 2014
President Jacob Zuma
Preceded by Lulu Xingwana
Succeeded by Nathi Mthethwa
Premier of Gauteng
In office
7 October 2008 – 6 May 2009
Preceded by Mbhazima Shilowa
Succeeded by Nomvula Mokonyane
Personal details
Born (1961-10-21) 21 October 1961 (age 55)
Geraldsville, Pretoria
Political party African National Congress

Paul Shipokosa Mashatile MP (born 21 October 1961, in Geraldsville, Pretoria)[1] is the former Minister of Arts and Culture in the Cabinet of South Africa.[2] He is currently Member of the Executive Council for Human Settlements and Co-operative Governance in the Gauteng Legislature,[3] as well as provincial chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng province.

As a student, Mashatile was an activist in the struggle against apartheid as a member of the Congress of South African Students, and was the co-founder and first president of the Alexandra Youth Congress.[4] He was detained without trial from 1985-1989, and participated in a nationwide protest by engaging in an 18-day hunger strike.[4] When the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party were unbanned in 1990, he helped re-establish them and continued to organize on their behalf.[4] He has held various administrative positions in Guateng province, including serving in its legislature as Leader of the House.[4]

Premier of Gauteng[edit]

He is the former Premier of Gauteng province in South Africa and a member of the African National Congress.[5] Mashatile replaced Mbhazima Shilowa on 7 October 2008, after Shilowa resigned in protest against the decision of the African National Congress to remove President Thabo Mbeki from office.[6] Mashatile was replaced as Premier by Nomvula Mokonyane on 6 May 2009.[7]


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  3. ^ Emily Corke & Stephen Grootes (3 February 2016). "PREMIER EXPLAINS DECISION TO APPOINT PAUL MASHATILE". Eye Witness News. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Paul Shipokosa Mashatile". South African History Online. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Premier's Profile". Gauteng Provincial Government. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Mashatile elected Gauteng premier". Independent Online. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 11 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "Mokonyane declared premier". News24. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mbhazima Shilowa
Premier of Gauteng
7 October 2008 – 6 May 2009
Succeeded by
Nomvula Mokonyane