- ANC MEC Lebogang Maile has warned ANC members not to speak out against party policy
- His comments appeared to be a thinly-veiled swipe at Ekhurhuleni Mayor Mzandile Masina
- Masina had criticised Cyril Ramaphosa and defended Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Lebogang Maile, an ANC MEC in Gauteng, has warned party members not to speak as "free agents".
"We don't have free agents in the ANC," Maile said.
Maile was hitting back at Ekhurhuleni Mayor, Mzwandile Masina, who had taken shots at Cyril Ramaphosa and sided with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
He also reportedly criticised Ramaphosa, saying that the president should "humble himself" before the Public Protector rather than turn to the courts when he dislikes her decisions, according to News24.
Maile took exception to Masina's comments. In particular, he argues that Masina was speaking at a government event and, as a result, should not have shared his personal views on political affairs.
Maile has since said that the provincial executive committee will meet over the weekend to discuss the matter, among other issues, IOL has reported.
Specifically, Maile warned ANC members that they should present a united front when speaking publicly and not undermine the party.
"I want to caution our comrades to desist from contradicting policy positions of the ANC," Maile said in a new interview with eNCA.
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