ANC’s Zikalala com­mended for de­fend­ing Ramaphosa

The Witness - - NEWS - CLIVE NDOU • clive.ndou@wit­ness.co.za

SUP­PORT­ERS of Cyril Ramaphosa have com­mended KwaZulu­Natal rul­ing party chair­per­son Sihle Zikalala for de­fend­ing the ANC deputy pres­i­dent from at­tack by the ANCYL in the prov­ince.

“He has ex­hib­ited the kind of lead­er­ship qual­i­ties which ANC sup­port­ers ex­pect from their lead­ers,” said Sthem­biso Mshengu, speak­ing for Ramaphosa sup­port­ers in the prov­ince.

Zikakala, who was one of the speak­ers at the ANCYL 73rd an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in Dur­ban on Sun­day, in­ter­vened af­ter ANCYL eThek­wini re­gional chair­per­son Thembo Ntuli had at­tacked Ramaphosa for the pres­i­den­tial hope­ful’s role in the Marikana mas­sacre.

The ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son — who sup­ports Nkosazana Dlamini­Zuma in her bat­tle against Ramaphosa for the party lead­er­ship — told Ntuli to re­frain from “bad mouthing” ANC lead­ers.

“We all know there was a com­mis­sion that in­ves­ti­gated what hap­pened in Marikana and which ex­on­er­ated com­rade Cyril,” Zikalala said.

The ANCYL eThek­wini re­gion is a fierce de­fender of ANC pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and Dlamini­Zuma.

Two months ago for­mer ANC MP Makhosi Khoza had to seek pro­tec­tion af­ter mem­bers of the ANCYL threat­ened to stage a protest out­side her house in Hill­crest. At the time Khoza was one of the ANC lead­ers who had come out against Zuma’s lead­er­ship.

De­spite be­ing rep­ri­manded, the ANCYL eThek­wini re­gion yes­ter­day said it saw noth­ing wrong in the state­ment made by its chair­per­son about Ramaphosa.

“The chair­per­son did not say the ANC deputy pres­i­dent was guilty of any­thing — he was merely say­ing that the in­volve­ment of com­rade Ramaphosa in the Marikana mas­sacre cast the ANC in bad light.

“It’s fact and we don’t see why the chair­per­son should be made to apol­o­gise,” ANCYL re­gional spokesper­son Thulisa Ndlela said.

“We all know there was a com­mis­sion that in­ves­ti­gated what hap­pened in Marikana and which ex­on­er­ated com­rade Cyril.”

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