ANC defends Mbalula after staff letter to Cyril Ramaphosa
The ANC defends Fikile Mbalula after a group of ANC members from the transport department complained of numerous alleged irregularities in a letter to Cyril Ramaphosa.
Mbalula has been receiving criticism from individuals in his department and labelled him as a “celebrity minister of Twitter”. In the statement, the ANC called on Fikile Mbalula to not be distracted by the gossip of a group of “faceless” ANC members in the transport department.
Pule Mabe, the ANC spokesperson said the faceless individuals that claimed to be ANC members in the department made unsubstantiated accusations. Mabe added that the party urged Mbalula to not allow the faceless individuals to undermine the ANC’s ability to deliver on its mandate.
“The ANC distances itself from these faceless individuals and rejects their claim that they act as ANC comrades, members and supporters, with the contempt it deserves. Disciplined ANC cadres understand the internal channels to raise issues and do not use the cover of being comrades, members and supporters to promote anarchy,” read the statement.
The group letter was also addressed to Parliament’s transport committee chairperson Mosebenzi Zwane, National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Auditor General Kimi Makwethu and South African citizens.
“The ANC has the utmost confidence in the leadership of Mbalula in tackling the pressing challenges in the Department of Transport. We have noted the great strides he has made in prioritising challenges in the public sector,” said Mabe.