The African National Congress'(ANC) head of elections Fikile Mbalula has slammed what he described as anarchy and ill-discipline within the ANC.
He was speaking during the 25th commemoration of the assassination of SACP leader Chris Hani in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Mbalula’s comments come in the wake of growing speculation that there are some supporters of former president Jacob Zuma who want to oust president Cyril Ramaphosa as the leader of the party.
Mbalula says party members should rally behind the leadership collective as elected at the party’s 54th national congress at Nasrec last December.
He says: “We must fight factionalism and walk the talk in the name of Chris Hani and Mama Winnie. This thing of rising in the organisation through factions, we end up electing people we don’t know because they rose through a slate. That is why in Nasrec when we arrived with slates, our branches rejected them.”
Mbalula also warned against factionalism within party ranks.
“Let’s not confuse militancy to disrespect. There is nothing wrong with contesting each other here in Ekurhuleni but don’t bad mouth each other and rise on the expense of each other. Contest each other politically, don’t use slander and scare Croat politics.”