Mbalula and Mamabolo in Twitter war

FILE PICTURE: Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: GCIS.

A war of words has broken out between ANC Youth League (ANCYL) task team member Fikile Mbalula and Julius Malema’s former friend-turned-rival Boy Mamabolo.

Yesterday, Mamabolo accused Mbalula and youth league team coordinator and Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa of promoting “factionalism” within the ANC in Limpopo.

Mamabolo, an ANC branch chairperson in Malema’s neighbourhood, said the pair have ambitions to be in the ANC’s top six leadership positions in the ANC elective conference in 2017.

He made the remarks after Mbalula and Mthethwa re-instated the same ANCYL Limpopo leadership despite a court ruling to nullify the ANCYL elective conference held in May to elect the leadership.

“Mbalula does not have power, he was co-opted into the ANC’s national executive committee,” Mamabolo said.

“We defeated him in Mangaung and we are still going to defeat him at the 2017 elective conference.”

The war of words comes as youth league members lobby in anticipation of the ANCYL national conference next month.

Former league treasurer-general Pule Mabe, former ANCYL president Ronald Lamola, National Youth Development Agency deputy chairperson Kenny Morolong and ANCYL Tshwane chairperson Lesego Makhubela are campaigning to replace Malema as youth league president.

There are murmurings in the youth league circles that Mbalula and Mthethwa want to be elected into the ANC’s top six and want youth leaders who may support them at the party’s elective national conference in 2017.

Mamabolo had also threatened to interdict the youth league conference.

Mbalula, who is also the minister of sport, could not be reached for comment.

Earlier, Mbalula hit back at Mamabolo on social media, accusing him of being a law unto himself.

“His personal hatred for me bears no consequence,” Mbalula, himself a former youth league leader, said.

“I just wish to make him and his ilk aware that I am aware of his tirade of venomous insults.” 

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