- Derek Hanekom says it would have been a disaster for the country if Ramaphosa had lost his bid for the ANC leadership
- Hanekom's comments drew a backlash from some circles, however
- This follows a report which claims that Ramaphosa's campaign made payments to Fikile Mbalula, among others
Former tourism minister Derek Hanekom took to Twitter on Sunday night, where he said that a victory for the Dlamini-Zuma slate at the ANC's 2017 Nasrec conference would have been "disastrous" for South Africa.
Some ANC figures took exception to his remarks, however.
Former Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete, for example, slammed Hanekom as "immature".
Hanekom said he believed the ANC should work toward achieving more unity within the party, but said it was indisputable that any outcome other than a victory for Ramaphosa at Nasrec would have had negative consequences for the country.
"Let's just say it, unapologetically, and be frank about it," he said.
This is the latest in Hanekom's criticism of Jacob Zuma and his loyalists. Indeed, Hanekom and Zuma have gone head-to-head several times in the last few months, Briefly.co.za has gathered. For example, Hanekom caught flack in some circles for admitting to having met with Julius Malema in 2017 to discuss a vote of no confidence in then-president Zuma, according to The Citizen.
Zuma also recently accused Hanekom of being an "apartheid spy", as reported by News24. Hanekom is reportedly suing Zuma for R500 000 over the allegation.
Hanekom is also known to be an ardent Ramaphosa loyalist. This is relevant, as Ramaphosa's victory at Nasrec is once again at the centre of public discourse.
This follows a report which alleges that Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign paid R40 000 to figures like Fikile Mbalula, among others. This is despite Mbalula publicly supporting Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the time.
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