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Fikile Mbalula apologises to NDZ over Twitter rant, snubs Mkhwebane

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said his comment involving Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was unfortunate but refuses to apologise to Public Protector, advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane

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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has apologised to Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CogTa) Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, whom he had mentioned during one of his recent Twitter rants.

Mbalula set Twitter alight when he commented on a picture posted by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, showing all the candidates of the ANC leadership elections in 2017. Mbalula remarked that former president Jacob Zuma had wanted to use his former wife to create a monarch, with his family.

“Zuma is not a Saint he was a disaster for this country big one, try me I’ll tell you why… Zuma organised this (the dinner) with a firm (belief) that his wife will win. We all got shocked Long live! David Mabuza for saving us from this monarch disaster. Viva Dabede,” he said.

Mbalula has responded and said:

“It is regretful and unfortunate that my comment may have come across as an attack on the person and integrity of Cde Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as this was never my intention. I therefore unreservedly apologise to Cde Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and wish to assure her that I keep her name out of any political battles and commentary”

Mbalula sticks to calling Busisiwe Mkhwebane a ‘hired gun’

At the same time, Fikile Mbalula is sticking to his guns as far as his standoff with Public Protector, advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is concerned. In another Twitter rant, he labelled her a “hired gun” and is not fazed by the fact that she has opened a case against him.

The public protector’s spokesperson Oupa Segwale confirmed that Mkhwebane had opened a case of crimen injuria against Mbalula for the remark.

“I wish to reiterate that I stand by my views that she has conducted herself as a hired gun, more interested in pursuing partisan political agendas rather than uphold the stature of the office of the Public Protector, with the responsibility to place the interests of citizens first. I therefore remain ready to meet her in court to defend my statement,” Mbalula said.

All this comes as the public protector faces a possible Parliamentary inquiry looking into her fitness to hold office. If the Democratic Alliance (DA) has its way, Mkhwebane would be the first head of a chapter nine institution to be given the boot by Parliament.