Maphatsoe hits back at Mbalula

MKMVA President Kebby Maphatsoe
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Maphatsoe hits back at Mbalula, calls him ‘stupid’

MKMVA President Kebby Maphatsoe has denied the military wing is aligned to any faction in the ANC and has called on Mbalula to get Prasa’s affairs on track

Maphatsoe hits back at Mbalula

MKMVA President Kebby Maphatsoe
Image via Twitter @KarenELotter

Tensions continue flaring up within the African National Congress (ANC) between the party’s Fikile Mbalula and members of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association’s (MKMVA). The military wing’s Kebby Maphatsoe has fired back at Mbalula after he launched a stinging attack on him and his fellow comrades.

“It shows you how stupid Mbalula is and how factional he is,” Maphatsoe said during an interview with news channel Newzroom Afrika.

The MKMVA had recently led a demonstration to Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s office, accusing Mbalula of having had a hand in the collapse of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and further calling for his arrest.

This is what possibly prompted the transport minister to go on the mother of all tirades, taking shots at MK vets, ANC secretary general Ace Magashule and even the party’s former president Jacob Zuma, whom he had once been a vocal supporter of.

Maphatsoe: ‘We don’t belong to any faction’

The MKMVA’s president has denied they were part of any faction of the ANC, saying the only issue they had with the minister was purely professional and had absolutely nothing to do with political alliances.

“We are talking about protecting the infrastructure of our country that our poor people are usin everyday but he is professionalising…We are clear as MKMVA, that the conference has passed and we are not belonging to any faction,” Maphatsoe said.

He says Mbalula was merely attempting to deflect from his own incompetency in office.

The minister placed Prasa under administration in 2019 in the wake of misgovernance and financial problems. Mbalula has also admitted that lack of adequate safety and security measures at the rail agency had resulted in hundreds of millions in losses and damages.

What did Mbalula say?

In a series of tweets, Mbalula slammed MK vet Carl Niehaus, essentially labelling him as a stooge for Magashule. He also took aim at Maphatsoe, who lost his arm while running away from an ANC military camp during the struggle days.

“Kebby maphatsoe ran away from the camps that is why he’s got one hand,He lost his hand from cowardice not in a fight against apartheid. COWARD,” he said in tweets which have since been deleted.

“They run amok organising marches threatening the rule of law, Suspected criminals Kebby and Karl Niehaus,” he also tweeted.

In responding to the claims made about Prasa, Mbalula said they were making strides in addressing the problems at Prasa and are focusing on delivering on the agency’s mandate.

“We will not be detracted in this important task by side shows orchestrated by individuals with malicious intensions. This is a campaign led by people who are determined to use the good name of MKMVA,” he said.