Thapelo Lekabe
Digital Journalist
2 minute read
20 Jul 2017
1:25 pm

Mbalula is a rare species and a suicide bomber – Mpofu

Thapelo Lekabe

Mpofu’s remarks follow the minister's controversial remarks when he referred to ANC MPs who plan to support a vote of no confidence in Zuma as 'suicide bombers'.

Advocate Dali Mpofu. File Picture: Alaister Russell

EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu has slammed Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, describing him as a “rare species and a suicide bomber” who regretted and changed his mind on President Jacob Zuma’s scandal-prone leadership of the ANC and country after the party’s national elective conference at Mangaung, Free State.

The former ANC member – one of the founding members of the EFF – on Thursday came out guns blazing on Twitter when he said Mbalula had associated himself with the anti-Zuma camp at the conference in 2012, which backed former president Kgalema Motlanthe, but he had since defected to the Zuma faction.

Mpofu’s remarks followed the police minister’s controversial comments on July 2 when he referred to ANC MPs who planned to support a vote of no confidence in the president as suicide bombers.

However, when one user on the site reminded the EFF chair of Malema’s similar defence of Zuma at the ANC’s 2007 elective conference in Polokwane, Limpopo, Mpofu said those who had missed the EFF leader’s endless apologies for that were “willfully deaf and dumb”.

Mpofu’s comments also came after former president Thabo Mbeki’s revelation last week during a televised interview with Power FM that Malema was among the people in the ANC who were fed lies about him leading up to the ANC’s Polokwane conference, where he was defeated by Zuma for the party’s presidency.

Malema, who was the president of the ANC Youth League at the time, admitted as well that he was misled by Zuma’s supporters while addressing Mbeki.

“The president [Mbeki] was right when he said we were misled, and one of the misleading things we were told is that if the president goes back to office, he will amend the constitution so that he stays in power forever.

“The second thing was that he is concocting charges against president Zuma and Zuma is not corrupt, he is an honourable man, and therefore he is fighting against Zuma because he has his own ideas on how the ANC must go forward. And thank God we lived to see for ourselves that no one was actually concocting charges against Zuma,” Malema said.

“Zuma was corrupt himself. Even when the people who were concocting charges against him left office, he still got new accusations in the absence of those who were alleged to be concocting charges against him,” he added.

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