The African National Congress (ANC) has condemned faceless people claiming to be party members, manufacturing unsubstantiated allegations against Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, saying the group is spreading malicious gossip.
“We have noted with concern a letter written by faceless people who claim to be ANC confidants, members and supporters in the Department of Transport and its entities, making unconfirmed claims and attacking the integrity of Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula,” ANC National Spokesperson, Pule Mabe said in a statement on Monday.
Mabe said the ANC distanced itself from these faceless individuals and reject their claim with the contempt they deserve to appear as ANC comrades, members, and supporters.
Disciplined ANC cadres understand internal channels to raise concerns and do not use cover-up of being cadres, members, and supporters to promote anarchy.
“ANC urged Mbalula not to worry by the spread of malicious gossip. He must not allow impersonal individuals to undermine the ANC’s ability to fulfill its electoral mandate,” said Mabe.
ANC firmly believes in comrade Mbalula’s leadership, addressing pressing challenges facing Transport Department. We note the outstanding success he is making, prioritising challenges in the public transport sector.
The ANC disapproves of government officials who interfere in party politics, operating under the illusion that they can call the ANC’s names and undermine the authority of the elected leadership.
“They don’t doubt reaching the limit of questioning the prerogative of the president to appoint ministers and deputy ministers,” said Mabe.
The President of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, has been emphatic in communicating the views of the ANC leadership collective, that civil servants should refrain from getting involved in party political matters in the course of their duties. We, therefore, call on all public servants to respect this injunction and execute their mandate, without fear or favour.
Mabe said ANC chairman, Cyril Ramaphosa is determined to convey the view of the ANC leadership that officials should not take part in party political matters while on duty.