- The ANC's spokesperson Zizi Kodwa called for the party to be united on social media and not contradict itself
- He made the comments in the wake of Tito Mboweni's controversial comments against the phasing out of Afrikaans as a language of instruction at the University of Pretoria
- The ANC has been divided over several issues in recent weeks, including nationalising the Reserve Bank
The ANC has said all its members who use social media need to present a united front and not share dissenting opinions, Briefly.co.za has learned.
These comments were made by the ruling party's spokesperson Zizi Kodwa. Kodwa urged party members not to express views on social media that might be confusing to South Africans.
He made the comments as several posts by the likes of finance minister Tito Mboweni rankled the ANC top brass.
Mboweni caught flak on Twitter after he said he was against the phasing out of Afrikaans as a language of instruction at the University of Pretoria.
Several other ANC bigwigs have also expressed views online that have caused a stir. ANC head of elections, Fikile Mbalula, angered some ANC supporters after he took to Twitter to say that the Zuma presidency had been good for opposition parties.
Several users were unhappy that Mbalula, a former Zuma loyalist, appeared to be indirectly throwing shade at the former president.
The ANC has also been divided in recent weeks over policy. The secretary-general, Ace Magashule, along with the Youth League, said public that the government would nationalise the Reserve Bank within the next five years. Cyril Ramaphosa, on the other hand, says there are no plans to implement such a policy.
Kodwa stressed that the ANC needed to project an image of unity as they headed into the upcoming elections.
"We must not be seen in public as ANC members who are at each other's throats. We must be seen as a party that communicates a message of hope to our people," he said.
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