ANC election head, Fikile Mbalula, recently insisted that the ANC would have lost the election had President Cyril Ramaphosa not been elected as the head of the party. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who had lost the opportunity to lead the party to Ramaphosa, says that the comment is divisive and fails to advance the party.
In 2017, Cyril Ramaphosa beat Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to the finish line in the race to lead the ANC.
In the wake of Ramaphosa emerging victorious, once again, from last week's elections, ANC Fikile Mbalula commented that the party would have lost the race had Ramaphosa not led the way, reports The Sowetan.
This has evidently irked Dlamini-Zuma, who has dubbed Mbalula's comments as divisive and just plain unhelpful:
"Yes [the comments are divisive], if you keep raising issues around Nasrec that's divisive, isn't it? Because Nasrec was a point in time, why do we keep going back to it? To what end? How does it help advance the ANC?"
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, had also not taken kindly to Mbalula's comments, saying that:
"The ANC would be where it is today. People have voted the ANC. People are not voting any person."
Mbalula had made the comments during a visit to the IEC Results Centre, where he had claimed that Ramaphosa's leadership had been a game-changer for the party.
The ANC elections head has claimed that, without the president's assistance, the party would have failed to retain the majority this elections.
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