Mbaks disses Zuma for addressing official event

2019-01-27 12:00
On stage at the annual Kgosi Mampuru II commemoration day.

On stage at the annual Kgosi Mampuru II commemoration day. (Twitter)

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Former president Jacob Zuma came under fire from the ANC's elections head Fikile Mbalula on Saturday for attending an official government event in what could be seen as a breach of protocol.

Zuma, via his official Twitter account, posted pictures of himself on stage at the annual Kgosi Mampuru II commemoration day at the Try Again Sports Ground in Limpopo.

He is seen sitting with other dignitaries, traditional leaders and correctional services minister, advocate Michael Masutha, who was the keynote speaker. On Twitter, Mbalula questioned whether this was appropriate, given that this is the kind of event which would ordinarily be attended by the president.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has been on a state visit to India, where he was invited as the chief guest of that country's 70th Republic Day Parade.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa chimed in, and questioned why Zuma would be sent to an official event when the ANC recalled him "because of corruption".

Other official guests at the event were public service and administration minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, deputy labour minister Phathekile Holomisa and national commissioner of correctional services Zach Modise.

Zuma later responded, saying that he preferred that Mbalula did not ask him questions relating to ANC policy matters on Twitter, but that he would be interested in discussing the matter further away from social media.

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