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15 Jun 2017
2:00 pm

Mbalula slams ‘infection’ Magashule, backs Makhura as the next SG

Citizen reporter

The police minister has said he isn't backing any faction, but he's clearly not making the Zuma faction happy.

Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula during a press briefing at the SAPS training acadamy regarding tommorow's nation wide marches by oposition parties, 11 April 2017, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Police Minister and ANC NEC member Fikile Mbalula, who has himself often been touted as a possible ANC secretary-general (SG), took to Twitter on Thursday to make the surprising announcement that he wants Gauteng Premier David Makhura to be the next ANC secretary-general.

Vuyo Mhaga, the ministerial spokesperson, confirmed that the account was not hacked and minister “stands by what he said”. He joked that he hopes this would not give media too much work.

In a series of tweets dealing with the ANC succession debate, Mbalula also slammed Free State Premier Ace Magashule.

The incumbent, Gwede Mantashe, has made it clear he does not intend to stand for re-election at the ANC’s elective conference in December.

It is now allowed by the party for members to name their preferred candidates ahead of the elections. The ANC Youth League has already released its preferred list, with Free State Premier Ace Magashule as their SG candidate.

Mbalula was scathing in his dismissal of Magashule, saying the long-running Free State chairperson was “a definite no no no”.

The account charged that Magashule would destroy what was left of the ANC and “inffect [sic] it”.

https://twitter.com/MbalulaFikile/status/875295873537904640

It’s understood that the league’s list represents the wishes of the ANC’s “Zuma faction”, also understood to be led by the so-called Premier League. It wants Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to take over as president from her former husband.

However, Mbalula apparently made it clear on Twitter that he does not support any faction, and merely believes Makhura is a great candidate.

Makhura, as an ANC leader of Gauteng, has consistently led the stand against Zuma’s presidency. Gauteng never voted for Zuma at previous elective conferences.

https://twitter.com/MbalulaFikile/status/875296919047819264

Mbalula also said on Twitter that he does not want to stand for the SG position again himself. He wrote: “I ran my race I was defeated in mangaung am not party to any faction David Makhura is a good damn good Leader hard working and honest cde…”

https://twitter.com/MbalulaFikile/status/875296462380388354

The tweet appeared to come as a bolt out of the blue, with Mbalula saying he would name Makhura “If somebody asked” him.

https://twitter.com/MbalulaFikile/status/875294779483058176

The minister tweeted he was not hacked. His next tweet after that was a funny meme.

https://twitter.com/MbalulaFikile/status/875308665833742336

https://twitter.com/MbalulaFikile/status/875322568626065408