African National Congress (ANC) deputy president David Mabuza says the time has come for party leaders to close ranks for the sake of the ANC and the country. He was speaking to the SABC during an election campaign in Bronkorspruit east of Pretoria.

Mabuza was asked about Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s call for the privatisation of some SOEs while answering questions in the National Assembly last month. Mabuza said he didn’t take Mboweni seriously when he expressed his personal views on Twitter.

Earlier this week, Mboweni strongly criticised roads agency Sanral’s decision to suspend pursuing of motorists who refused to pay for the e-tolls in Gauteng.

Mabuza has conceded that some messages that are coming from ANC leaders are not helping the party.