Johannesburg – A heated meeting is on the cards at Luthuli House, where ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is expected to meet Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula for the first time after a public spat.
On Tuesday, Mbalula, while speaking from North West province, where he had gone to unveil a bridge, confirmed that he had been summoned to Luthuli House (ANC national headquarters) to explain his tweets this week.
Mbalula’s tweets were sparked by a march on Monday, by MKMVA members to Luthuli House and Gauteng’s Premier David Makhura’s office, demanding that Mbalula be arrested for letting the infrastructure of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to rot.
The minister was angered by this statement and in response tweeted that the leaders of the march – Carl Niehaus and Kebby Maphatsoe – were “thugs” masquerading as former MK soldiers. He also dragged in Magashule – who he claimed had suspiciously employed Niehaus to work at the ANC.
He fired another shot at Magashule and Niehaus yesterday, saying the latter was obsessed with “insulting” President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“There is a man employed at Luthuli House, his job is to march every time there is a problem,”
When Magashule was asked by media regarding the utterances of Mbalula and the insinuation that he uses Niehaus to attack the president, he said that members of the ANC must address their grievances by using internal mechanisms.
“Members of the ANC, including Mbalula, if they have issues, we are pleading with them to raise matters internally. All of us must behave in that way because that’s how the ANC works, we raise matters internally,” said Magashule.