The African National Congress (ANC) has reprimanded Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula following a twar of words with Mkhonto we Sizwe Military Association (MKMVA) leader Kebby Maphatsoe and spokesperson Carl Niehaus.
The party says if there is an issue with Maphatsoe and Niehaus, they should be brought to book instead of ventilated social media.
Party spokesperson Pule Mabe said Mbalula’s action went against the ANC’s social media policy.
Mabe said the ANC could not be seen to have preference towards some members.
“This statement should serve as a reprimand to comrade Mbalula that let us use structures of the organisation to address issues so that it doesn’t come out that they can’t reprimand, and that there are leaders that can’t be reprimanded. We have issued statements when cadres have said things that go against the social media policy of the ANC.”
In a series of tweets, Mbalula characterised Maphatsoe a coward and called Niehaus a thug.
MKMVA members have been demonstrating outside ANC headquarters at Luthuli House on Monday calling for Mbalula to be arrested over matters relating to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.