Transport minister, Fikile Mbalula who has been mum about president Cyril Ramaphosa's Phala Phala scandal, has finally broke his silence shockingly to call for former president Jacob Zuma to step aside.
Zuma is no longer active in ANC politics, and hardly travels anywhere because of his parole conditions, yet Fikile Mbalula is focusing on Zuma instead of the sitting head of state who obviously have a case to answer in relation to his money laundering and kidnapping charges.
Fikile Mbalula is calling for Zuma to step aside citing that Chief Justice Raymond Zondo found that he paved way for state capture. Mbalula's criticism or hate for Zuma dates from years back, and at some point he insulted the former president in a social media rants before deleting the posts.
Mbalula, a strong backer of president Cyril Ramaphosa argues that former president Jacob Zuma should be barred from participating in ANC activities in line with the party’s controversial step-aside guidelines that are being applied along the factional lines within the ANC.
Several comrades are expected to challenge the step-aside guidelines, arguing that they are being used as a political weapon to silence those with dissenting opinions.
Comrades are not happy with how these guidelines are being implemented since the time they were adopted by the party in 2017 at Nasrec conference. This issue is expected to feature prominently during the party’s policy conference scheduled for July.
The rule stipulates that those facing criminal charges must step aside from their party positions. If this rule was to be applied consistently, it means president Cyril Ramaphosa will also have to step aside as he is also facing criminal charges.
Fikile Mbalula knows that, but because Zuma's name is easier to mention he would rather call for the former president who is no longer active in ANC politics to step aside and shield Ramaphosa from doing same.
This situation was perfectly described by George Orwell in his book 'Animal Farm' where he stated that "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
RET comrades however came out guns blazing against Fikile Mbalula's call for Zuma to step aside..
"Mbalula is barking at the wrong tree, trying to divert attention from the matter at hand."
"This one twerks for whoever is in power for a cabinet post," some said.
"Is Zuma in government? Fikile Mbalula is twerking for a position using Zuma's name it will end in tears," some sends a warning shot to Mbalula.
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