The African National Congress (ANC) has publicly reprimanded Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula over his tweets on Monday. Mbalula took to Twitter in a angry response to the MKMVA protests – saying that if there were issues, they should’ve beeen brought to the party directly and not shared on social media.
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said Mbalula’s behaviour went against the party’s social media policy. Minister Mbalula launched the attack on Kebby Maphatsoe and spokesperson Carl Niehaus of the Umkhonte we Sizwe Military Veterans Association on Monday. In his Tweets, Mbalula labelled Niehaus a thug and called Maphatsoe a coward.
“This statement should serve as a reprimand to comrade Mbalula that let us use structures of the organisation to address issues so that it doesn’t come out that they can’t reprimand, and that there are leaders that can’t be reprimanded. We have issued statements when cadres have said things that go against the social media policy of the ANC.”
The MKMVA demonstrated outside Luthuli House on Monday calling for Mbalula to be arrested over matters relating to the Passenger Rail Agency.