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Mbalula continues alluding to factional conflict within the ANC

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Fikile Mbalula took to Twitter to comment on the arrest of Ace Magashule’s former driver, which led to further conversation on the believed factional conflict within the ruling party.

The African National Congress’ (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) member, Fikile Mbalula took to Twitter on Wednesday, 10 March 2021, to continue sharing posts alluding to the believed factional conflict in the party. Mbalula returned to the social media platform after extending an apology to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, after making an inflammatory statement in a since-deleted post.

However, even in the statement, Mbalula remained unwavering in his opinion on Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, whom he previously referred to as a political “hired gun.” It has been suggested that Mkhwebane is part of the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) factional, which is believed to include the likes of Jacob Zuma, Carl Niehaus and Ace Magashule.

Therefore, when Mbalula took to Twitter to comment on the 15-year prison sentence of Magashule’s former driver, Ricardo Mettler, it further fuelled commentary. Some perceived it as Mbalula gaslighting factional fights within the ANC, as Mbalula was one of the officials that endorsed the stepping down of those implicated in corruption, such as Magashule.

See the post below.

Sabelo Makhubo
s.makhubo@politicalanalysis.co.za

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