ANC’s Zikalala commended for defending Ramaphosa
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.”