Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has lashed at those who linked him to factions in the ANC, according to a report.
The Sunday Independent earlier reported that Mbalula was now backing President Jacob Zuma in the coming ANC elective conference, quoting unnamed sources.
Mbalula was linked with a campaign to replace ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe, a move led by the ANC Youth League.
But Mbalula described these reports to the Sowetan today as “a desperation of political thugs and their cohorts who have elected to subject me to political lynch”.
“Those who possess uncontrollable ambitions to ascend to leadership by hook or crook, or position themselves as king-makers, will not hesitate to play dirty tricks,” he was quoted by the newspaper.
Mbalula also lashed at Zizi Kodwa and businessman Sello Rasethaba who had been quoted as saying he was amenable to their proposals to ditch his ambitions to replace Mantashe, the Sowetan said.
Kodwa, a former Zuma spokesperson, had been quoted as saying they were trying to make Mbalula.
understand that “he can’t be part of a coalition that can’t be defined politically”, the Sowetan reported.
“There has to be a generational mix, but the generation of 1942 can’t be forced out,” the paper quoted Kodwa as saying.
Mbalula said: “…I neither need spokespersons nor self-styled messiahs in the form of Zizi Kodwa or Sello Rasethaba to speak on my behalf.”