'Disrespectful' Mbalula slammed by ANC

2012-10-22 18:46

Johannesburg - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula's comments that he has "no time" for President Jacob Zuma were insulting and disrespectful, the ANC in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal said on Monday.

The African National Congress in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal said Mbalula had undermined the party by expressing his views through the media.

"The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has noted with severe concern, the tendency of some ANC NEC [national executive committee] members who choose to raise their concerns in the media and not in the proper platforms of the organisation," it said.

"This tendency does not only undermine the leadership of the organisation, but erodes the principles which define the political life of the ANC."

The Eastern Cape ANC agreed.

"While we accept differing views in any debate, we think comrade Mbalula has degenerated into a bad political space where he relies on insults to sustain the currency of his popularity," Eastern Cape spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane said.

"While insulting President Zuma may get him in the front pages of newspapers and headlines of evening newspaper[s], or even increase volume of the mention of his name on internet search engines, in reality, it presents him as a disrespectful young man, comrade and Cabinet Minister."

Both were referring to a report in The Star on Monday in which Mbalula attacked the president and rebuffed efforts by Zuma lobbyists to "neutralise" him.

"They came to me and offered me a position to neutralise me," he reportedly said.

Mbalula claimed he was offered the post of ANC deputy secretary or a position in the NEC in exchange for abandoning his support of Zuma's competitors at the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung in December.

"They realise that they cannot survive politically. They only survive on the basis of corruption," Mbalula reportedly said.

According to the newspaper, he denied claims that he agreed to support Zuma two weeks ago at the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg.

"I have no time for Zuma. He has caused his own problems. He marries every week."

The KwaZulu-Natal ANC said Mbalula had to withdraw his comments.

"If he fails to withdraw the statements, we would suggest he resigns as an NEC member and as a sports minister," it said.

"We have observed his desperate attempts to get elected to the ANC top six in Mangaung...

"Perhaps Comrade Mbalula should be reminded that in the ANC, people do not campaign for themselves, but instead are nominated by ANC structures."

Qoboshiyane said Mbalula was "acting like a child".

"Given the fact that he follows in the shoes of the expelled ANC Youth League president [Julius Malema] in insulting the president, it is clear that Comrade Mbalula’s mind still thinks and acts like a child," he said.

"Minister Mbalula [must] now focus his political razzmatazz on sports infrastructure development and not on insult development."

Earlier on Monday, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj referred requests for comment to the ANC.

National ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza told The Star: "It is difficult for us, as the ANC, to comment because we haven't spoken to the president, and neither did we speak to Mbalula."

"We are not even aware if the discussion between them did happen."

  • SharonE - 2012-10-22 18:58

    Violent strikes = Concern ANC members speaking out = SEVERE concern Hmm I see where their priorites are...

      Mduduzi Tshabalala - 2012-10-22 19:13


      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-10-22 19:15

      haha true.

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-10-22 20:14

      To criticize the 'king Zuma' - WOW! In a Democracy you can speak your mind. This ex-Youth League leader has spoken his. Is it just that such a comment from a white person would be waved off but to have it from a black person is sacrilege? Interesting to see the factions in the ANC at work again. Hunting season has started, methinks.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-24 18:33

      Big cracks within the ANC. THEY ARE FALLING APART.

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-10-22 18:59

    Well the man got guts. EC and KZN snake back into your corrupt holes.

      chaapo.sithole - 2012-10-22 19:17

      Guts indeed to mask that he was wining and dining Malema at the London Olympics. As for the marrying every week insult that many are celebrating, I am no Zuma apologists, Mbalula is no better. WThis is the Mbalula who impregnated and abandoned; fist denied then when he knew there was evidence began by claiming it was a set up (oh yeah - the enemy made him take off his trousers and bed the woman) then when he knew the jig was up he sniveled the obligatory, "I am only human" line. He has no guts-just a bull in a china shop and who has forgotten that when you live in a glass house you do not throw stones. Mixed metaphors but very appropriate.

  • Zimzon - 2012-10-22 18:59

    Mbalula, best if you join the new DSM movement and draw some ANC manne with you, yes we need the ANC to shrink...

  • zimasa.ngubelanga - 2012-10-22 19:03

    That Fikile Mbalula got balls of steel. To. be this honest is commendable.

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-10-22 19:40

      According to news reports this afternoon he made an about turn and said the original report was totally ridicilous. Cottonwool balls instead.

      val.kay.12 - 2012-10-22 20:06

      The man Got Balls.....

  • braamc - 2012-10-22 19:08

    What ever, have f all time for JZ

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-10-22 19:10

    Let the truth be told damn mbalula your words are well formulated.... U have balls of still

  • derek.francois.3 - 2012-10-22 19:10

    Can I please add a few insults of my own.................

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-10-22 19:13

    Eish , this ANC circus clowns , they can't even process my membership application . I can't remember what I was smoking when I filled in the form and payment . Maybe it was a question of \ if you can't beat them , join them ' . But as always , it is against my principles and honor .

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-10-22 19:15

    I also do not have time for zuma.He is one the world's most useless person.And if that's seen as an insult,then whoever sees it thay way should go and jump in the Amazon with that zuma.

  • mlungisi.magada - 2012-10-22 19:17

    You go Mbaks.

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-10-22 20:18

      Yeah his goin!!!

  • luyolo.c.nqakula - 2012-10-22 19:23

    Bua Blockbuster! Bua Razzmatazz!

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-22 19:23

    You can never demand respect, how can you respect a man who steals 247 Million?? I have not time for him too

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-10-22 19:24

    Kgalema for president,tokyo deputy,joel secretary,mbaks deputy,thenjiwe chair,phosa treasury. Then zuma will have enough time to dance, sing and satisfy his wives.

  • mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-10-22 19:29

    Mlibo Qoboshiyane you must shut up! You are jst a self enriching useless lunatic who is part of a leadership of a failing province.

      Phindile Manganyi - 2012-10-22 19:34

      pls say that again

  • thembi.khumalo.73744 - 2012-10-22 19:30

    Mbalula, there's no smoke without fire

  • dave.kofang - 2012-10-22 19:30

    Zuma is also disrespectful to the entire nation by using taxpayers' money to build bunkers and hellipads as if hes preparing for war.The whole ANC is disrespectful .

  • siliziwem - 2012-10-22 19:33

    This is dictatorship begining...if you are against, you are an enemy! Zuma must go before we see what is happening in other African states happening in our SA!

  • Phindile Manganyi - 2012-10-22 19:33

    I think Mlibo is being more dramatic & childish with his attacks than Mbalula is,would he kindly entice us with his retaliation when Mbalula wrote letters and verbally attacked the former President Thabo Mbheki?Mlibo is having double standards & Mbalula should atleast be commended for his consistency,they are quick to cry foul & everyone tarnishing the image of the ANC,when non of the above were mentioned,when the fights were for and not against JZ...Mlibo is more childish to bark the way he did than Mbalula,he is being more personal involving Julius Malema now

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-10-22 19:33

    Sports Minister, worry not because this is a strategy to sideline u hence the Mangaung way is being leveled. U should have known that the suspected Malema friendship would cost u!

  • george.vandermerwe3 - 2012-10-22 19:37

    At last! A young man who is risking losing a cushy job and ending up in the political wilderness for at least another presidential term. More guts than the entire Cosatu NEC. More balls than the EC and KZN ANC together. No longer a part of the bleating sheep, even if he is Juju's friend...

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-10-22 19:39

    do not lose respect Fikile it is not smart

  • lunga.matsikechangu - 2012-10-22 19:40

    Bob owns Zanu pf, he hires and fires at will.who does it for anc???

  • lunga.matsikechangu - 2012-10-22 19:43

    Bob owns Zanu pf, he hires and fires at will.who does it for anc???

  • janis.moolman - 2012-10-22 19:46

    Mbalula no one can have recpect for the anc. So they can blame you for speaking tour mind

  • Hasani P - 2012-10-22 19:49

    Le se ka la romola juju, he is quiet .u should nt provoke juju , the man is tired of politics

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-22 19:53

    Mbalula has just denied those claims. It appears no one within the ANC has got guts to stand up and express themselves.

  • - 2012-10-22 20:04

    I think the Hon Minister suffers from severe political 'premature ejaculation'. It may cost him his marriage to the ANC. We saw that with JM.

  • charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-22 20:15

    Some people within the ANC are getting gatvol of all the corruption and lies and self enriching, the ANC is falling apart like a old pair of shoes!

  • casskot - 2012-10-22 20:22

    Never before have I heard of something like this . ANC is degenerating rapidly. these kinds of power struggles gives testament that this party lacks sound and proper leadership.

  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2012-10-22 20:23

    Oh, how he talk like this about our \great\ leader...?

  • Hyrene Esterhuizen - 2012-10-22 20:23

    its like music to my ears and this is just a nother portion to a masterpiece of failure just admit it guys the ANC is crumbling technically speaking imploding and i fear they bringing our country down with them. damn hw long will we last before the last pillar crumbles

  • mokaikana - 2012-10-22 20:45

    when the president unlawfully apointed Mr Simelani he was nt asked to step down. No one is above the ANC, even the president.

  • fairness.iseverything - 2012-10-22 20:46

    Said this a couple of years ago and I will say it again. Its falling apart, cracking at the seams. This government became exactly that what they fought against. Greedy, corrupt, selfish pigs. What's worse is there is no one in the ANC that's any better then the current \leaders\.h

  • donovan.senus - 2012-10-22 20:48

    Nobody needs to apologise to shower head! He's an absolute embarrassment to South Africa. How is it that people actually vote this fool into the leading party of South Africa?

  • lucky.khahleli - 2012-10-22 20:48

    Every one is scared of Zuma they cannot see tht the man will need to rule until like Mungabe.Mbalula show them that you are tired of being briebed.E.Cape and KZN they only need a oerson who can speak Nguni.E.Cape is bad to vote for this Anc is waste.

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-10-22 20:49

    Jay: "Comrade, why did you say you have no time for me - as Sports Minister, don't you know that it's just not cricket, and people who don't show me respect can disappear mysterio - er, you might have to go to honest uncle Tony for political training?" Fikkie: "Eish, my honourable comrade presidente, you know what these mischievous counter-revolutionary journalists are like! One of them came up to me the other day and asked me what we were talking about in Moyo, and I told them that when you said you were wondering when the good uncle Guppa was coming to pay the bill and you asked me what the time it was, I said 'l'm sorry my presidente, but I've got no time for you, because I lent my Rolex to cousin Ju-ju, who damaged his Breitling while he was playing Ratanang-Ratanang with some of his uncles from Limpopo. Haai, that little tiger would just not go to jail without collecting his R200, so a friendly little scuffle broke out!" Jay: "oh, I see. That's ok then. But why didn't your friend invite me to come and play also? He knows I'll do anything for mon..., er, for a good board game now and then! Fikkie: "Well, I shall have to speak to him next time. You know he is only a learner croo..., er, alternative investment adviser, and I'm sure he will change his mind about inviting you in future, if you could give him some taxpay..., er, some BBBEE funding, to buy only a few platinum mines, like Bra C". Jay: "If I do this, will he promise to stop singing nasty songs about me?"

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-10-22 20:54

    The african national congress is full with corruption and lies and self enriching• THE ANC IS FALLING APART like a old pair of shoes.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-10-22 20:57

    After Mangaug, Fikile will have Fikole

      humbulani.tonic - 2012-10-23 08:08

      i think zuma will b called zonedout

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2012-10-22 21:13

    The anc in kzn and ec is criticising Mbalula so what about the theft of taxpayers money by zuma to build 30 houses and a bunker?

  • archie.mooki - 2012-10-22 22:15

    I warned to watch your mouth you don't listen

  • Notrax123 - 2012-10-22 22:24

    Smear tactics, declaration of character, causing divisions..... call it what you want...... it is part of cANCer politics.

  • bonganiemmanuel.mazibuko - 2012-10-25 19:27

    really the so called minister of sports fikile mbalula is so desrespectful

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