- Mzwandile Masina's Twitter account was deactivated after he dared the ANC to kill him, if it couthey
- The Ekurhuleni mayor had a Twitter outburst after he supported the call by Julius Malema to "let the white economy collapse"
- The ANC has responded by saying Masina's views are not in line with its policies
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Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina's Twitter account was deactivated after he dared the ANC to remove him as mayor and kill him if they could.
Masina was reprimanded the by ruling party following a Twitter rant on Monday night. The Twitter storm all began when the mayor voiced his support for EFF leader, Julius Malema.
Opposition leader, Malema, who is known for radical views on economic transformation, said:
"Let the white economy collapse. If we are going to be killed by the disease [Covid-19], let the disease kill us protecting ourselves at home - not surrendering ourselves to protect a white economy."
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Malema was voicing his views on the reopening of schools and further relaxation of Covid-19 regulations announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. On 1 June South Africa moved to lockdown Level 3, which allows more economic activities and the opening of schools and religious institutions. Malema is against this, saying it is only to support white monopoly capital.
Masina then tweeted:
"I fully agree with my friend on this one @Julius_S_Malema. Until we nationalise all commanding heights of the economy- we need to restart this economy and make sure it favours the majority. Things can’t be sane again."
The mayor continued to spiral, saying he's ready to stand down for radical policies and willing to be isolated for his radical views if need be. He even tagged the DA in one of his tweets, saying they could take him on if they wished to do so.
Masina's views were condemned by the ANC after he asked the ruling party to remove him as mayor rather than gag him. Shortly after, the ANC issued a statement saying Masina's views are "Not what the ANC stands for".
ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said Masina's tweets on the nationalisation of the economy fell outside the confines of the ruling party's policy position. Mabe added that ANC members should exercise their freedom of speech "within the confines of ANC structures".
Mabe added that the ANC resolutions reached at its 54th national conference at Nasrec in 2017 need to be respected all the time.
Malema came to the defence of Masina, saying:
“They suspended the Twitter account of Mzwandile Masina because they can’t tolerate the radical views of the black man. I know you belong to them Zwai but never trust these ANC people, young independent thinkers have always threatened them. Never be discouraged black child.”
Malema said South Africans should stay at home because easing of the lockdown would result in more people contracting the Covid-19 virus. Masina is likely to face an internal disciplinary hearing over his stance.
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