African National Congress (ANC) elections head Fikile Mbalula says he is not in the position to comment on whether the party’s secretary-general, Ace Magashule, is an ethical leader or not.
Magashule is the latest political figure to be implicated in state capture allegations in a new book by investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh.
Speaking with Eusebius Mckaiser on 702, Mbalula says it is for the ANC's integrity commission to decide whether the secretary-general is ethical.
He adds that corruption claims made against Magashule and other leaders must be tested in a court of law.
At the same time, Mbalula has defended an old tweet where he seemed to imply that Magashule was corrupt.
Ahead of the ANC elective conference in 2017, Mbalula tweeted: '[Ace Magashule] is a definite no no no, the man will finish what is remaining of our movement. He will kill it.'
It is a critical tweet about an individual. As an ANC member I respect the fact that he [Magashule] is my SG now. My tweet was not mischief. It was a political engagement.— Fikile Mbalula, ANC's head of elections
At the time I was opposed to him [Magashule] becoming SG of the ANC.— Fikile Mbalula, ANC's head of elections
Mbalula maintains that political figures who allow their family members to unduly benefit from their political influence must be brought to book.
The ANC as a party does not condone looting and corruption.— Fikile Mbalula, ANC's head of elections
When asked why South Africans should vote for the ANC, Mbalula says the party has brought stability to state organs such as police and National Prosecuting Authority.
He also claims the ANC has moved with speed to stabilise the economy and deal with allegations of corruption.
The elections head insists that the the ruling party is working to tackle load shedding and the crisis at Eskom.
We accept the criticism and we are on the mend.— Fikile Mbalula, ANC's head of elections
Our power stations are not functioning optimally and there is a crisis that needs to be fixed.— Fikile Mbalula, ANC's head of elections
There's been good in the past 25 years which makes the ANC worthy of remaining in power. It's a movement that is self-correcting.— Fikile Mbalula, ANC's head of elections
Listen to the in-depth discussion on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:
Below are some of the Twitter responses to the discussion:
I feel for @Mbalula, he Is put in a difficult position to defend for of the people who cannot be defended. The likes of Magashule, Muthambi, Zwane etc. You can even hear from his responses that he doesn't know what to say. https://t.co/CubJrjVqd2— Frank Boikanyo (@BoikanyoFrank) April 9, 2019
For the first time ever I’ve allowed myself to listen to @MbalulaFikile and actually enjoyed it. He’s sounding balanced and reasonable in a way. He’s not shouting. He certainly once had a bright future ahead of him. I wish he’d stayed the correct course.— Zutsar (@Zutsar0311) April 9, 2019
This article first appeared on 702 : Mbalula deflects question on whether corruption-accused Magashule is ethical