- Deputy president David Mabuza has denied reports that he was not welcomed by ANC supporters in KwaZulu-Natal
- Mabuza said instead that these were false reports concocted by his enemies within the ANC
- He suggests that some factions in the party were still sore over the outcomes at Nasrec
David Mabuza has rejected allegations that he was not welcomed by ANC constituents in KwaZulu-Natal.
There had been reports that the deputy president was met with skepticism when he went to the province to campaign this week. Allegedly, the community in Mpophomeni near Howick had been hostile toward Mabuza and accused the ANC of not delivering on its promises.
Mabuza, however, dismissed these allegations and claimed that the reports were false. He said that they were concocted by his rivals within the party rather than by regular ANC constituents.
"People will make stories but not the ordinary people. Ordinary people will accept any leader of the ANC because they know the ANC," he said.
Mabuza added that these rumors were started by ANC members who were bitter about the outcomes of Nasrec. He was referring to several KZN ANC delegates who reportedly view Mabuza as a sell-out after he ditched Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and threw his support behind Cyril Ramaphosa at the party's 2017 conference.
The deputy president said his decision was merely a move to promote cohesion in the party. He claimed that he decided to switch his support to Ramaphosa in order to merge factions within the ANC and produce a "unity slate".
Mabuza stated that if had not been for his and other ANC delegates' decision to switch sides, the ANC would be "limping" today.
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