Fikile Mbalula Stands By His Words On Nkandla “Fire Pool”

Mbalula addressed rumors linking Mathabatha to Zuma's newly formed Umkhonto WeSizwe Party, assuring the audience that Mathabatha's allegiance to the ANC remained steadfast.

Fikile Mbalula Stands By His Words On Nkandla
Fikile Mbalula Stands By His Words On Nkandla "Fire Pool".

Fikile Mbalula, the secretary-general of the African National Congress (ANC), has defended his recent remarks about the controversial “fire pool” at former President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence.

Speaking at the funeral of five ANC members in Limpopo who tragically lost their lives in a road accident, Mbalula reiterated that he was merely stating the truth. Despite the backlash his comments received, Mbalula remains steadfast in his belief that he spoke honestly about the party’s past actions.

During a recent address to supporters in Mpumalanga, Mbalula openly admitted that the ANC had defended Zuma and even referred to the swimming pool at Nkandla as a “fire pool.”

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This revelation sparked controversy and raised questions about the party’s integrity. However, Mbalula maintains that the ANC stood by Zuma during the Nkandla upgrades and that their support was unwavering.

While Mbalula’s remarks caused a stir within the ANC, party chairperson Gwede Mantashe attempted to diffuse the situation by downplaying the significance of the comments. However, Mbalula criticized Mantashe for discussing party matters in the media and emphasized the importance of following proper party protocols.

Contrary to rumors suggesting that Mbalula had been silenced or censured by the ANC, the party later denied such reports. Mbalula’s ability to speak openly about the Nkandla issue remains intact, and he continues to assert that his statements were based on the truth.

During his speech at the funeral, Mbalula also praised the ANC’s Limpopo chairperson, Stan Mathabatha, commending him as a loyal member who would not defect to another party.

Mbalula addressed rumors linking Mathabatha to Zuma’s newly formed Umkhonto WeSizwe Party, assuring the audience that Mathabatha’s allegiance to the ANC remained steadfast.

Mbalula acknowledged the challenges faced by the ANC and emphasized that the party, under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa, is focused on working for the betterment of all South Africans.

He urged the audience not to be swayed by those who may choose to join other political parties, as individuals like Mathabatha remain committed to the ANC’s cause. Despite the controversy surrounding his remarks, Mbalula intended to shed light on the difficulties faced by the ANC and its past actions.

He believes that acknowledging the truth is crucial for the party’s growth and evolution. Mbalula’s unwavering stance on the Nkandla “fire pool” issue serves as a reminder of the ANC’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

As the ANC continues to navigate its way through challenges and rebuild its reputation, leaders like Mbalula play a vital role in addressing past controversies and ensuring a more accountable future.

By speaking honestly about the party’s actions, Fikile Mbalula aims to foster trust and regain public confidence in the ANC’s commitment to the South African people.

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