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CYRIL TO ANC LEADERS: STOP DAMAGING ANC!
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Cyril Ramaphosa  ~ 

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the party's leaders to speak with one voice and stop damaging the organisation's brand.

News24 understands he raised the matter during his opening remarks at the party's special national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Monday.

But, just days after Ramaphosa's message, ANC members were once again at each other's throats on Twitter.

Disgraced ANC member Carl Niehaus - a staunch Jacob Zuma supporter - called out the party's head of elections, Fikile Mbalula, on the social media platform on Wednesday.

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom also entered the fray.

The spat between Niehaus and Mbalula seemingly emanated from Mbalula's war of words with ANC secretary general Ace Magashule during the counting of votes cast in the general elections last week.

The disagreement played out in the media, with the two men making claims and counter-claims on various platforms.

The verbal row was over the role each attributed to Ramaphosa's influence over the ANC's 6th elections win.

Mbalula told journalists the ANC would have dipped below the low 40% mark had it not been for Ramaphosa and his narrow victory - over Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - at the 2017 elective conference. The former sports minister referred to Ramaphosa as a "game changer" for the ANC.

"The ANC avoided the slaughter in this campaign. There are game changers that would have shaped this particular outcome. Otherwise, it would have gone down. The ANC has recovered even in areas where we had lost," Mbalula told News24.

Magashule, however, refused to support this assertion during his interviews at the Electoral Commission of South Africa's (IEC) results operation centre, giving credit to the ANC as a collective. He added that it was nonsensical to attribute the success of the ANC to one individual. 

On several occasions when journalists asked Magashule if the ANC president improved the party's chances of securing a majority win in the national elections, he responded with an emphatic "no", standing by his view that "it was a collective".

ANC leaders, including party chairperson Gwede Mantashe and outgoing parliamentary chief whip Jackson Mthembu, also commented on the debate, crediting Ramaphosa for his contribution to the party's campaign.

An NEC member told News24 Ramaphosa was upset by the public slug.

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/ramaphosa-calls-on-anc-leaders-to-speak-with-one-voice-stop-damaging-party-brand-20190516

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