Chairperson of the African National Congress in the Free State, Ace Magashule, suggested it was improper for members of the governing party to attack each other in the public domain.
Magashule, speaking at the Provincial General Council of the ANC in Bloemfontein this weekend, took a veiled swipe at Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, who took to twitter to express his disapproval of a Magashule candidacy for Secretary-General of the governing party.
Magashule’s name was bandied about, after the ANCYL released its preferred slate for the top leadership of the party earlier this week. That slate included Mbalula as a second Deputy Secretary-General, in what would effectively become a top seven structure.
Mbalula was not impressed by the ANCYL slate though, insisting that David Makhura was more suitable for the Secretary-General position in the governing party.
“Ace Magashule a definite no no no the man will finish what is remaining of our movement he will kill it inffect,” read the Mbalula tweet.
Magashule has since responded.
“I will never attack any ANC leader. Me, Ace Magashule, Chairperson of the ANC Free State. I will never, never mind how difficult it is, I will never attack any ANC member and leader in the media,” said Magashule.
“You see, here today, in ANC meetings and gatherings, you have a right to speak your mind. And you have a right to differ with us,” added Magashule, who took issue with the manner in which Mbalula voiced his concerns.