Fikile Mbalula, the ANC secretary general, has slammed his predecessor Ace Magashule for failing to control his unruly Free State supporters, who have been burning party T-shirts in protest of his expulsion.
Mbalula is so enraged that he has cancelled a meeting with Magashule scheduled for Tuesday evening, which was endorsed by ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa.
Mbalula reminded supporters at the Free State leg of the Letsema campaign that Magashule has failed to use media channels to call his supporters to order, including his Newzroom Afrika interview on Monday evening.
Magashule’s followers went so far as to prepare a coffin with Mbalula’s name on it as a symbol of their anger and to protest Mbalula’s visit to the Free State.
Mbalula informed ANC supporters that after calling Magashule earlier in the week, he considered meeting with him.
Mbalula said he altered his mind after seeing what his followers were doing and failing to call them to order.
“So now I want to tell him because he wanted to meet, Samkele [Maseka, SABC reporter], please pass on this message that he would never see not even my body. He will meet with those that he wants to meet with. I’m not going there,” said Mbalula to loud applause.
“I was with President Ramaphosa yesterday and he said to me ‘SG go and meet him’ but I don’t owe this man [Magashule] anything and even the ANC doesn’t owe him fokol. So he must forget about me, I won’t meet him. He must go do whatever he wants to do there. He is free.”
After being ousted from the ANC earlier this month, Magashule is said to be considering forming his own political party.
He has met with former ANC leaders such as Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. He also allegedly met with Kgalema Motlanthe.
According to others surrounding him, he was meeting with former ANC officials to receive advice on his next political move.
It was not immediately clear how those meetings played out.
His supporters, particularly in the Free State, have expressed dissatisfaction at his expulsion and have threatened to kill the ANC.
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