Former president Jacob Zuma said he would not discuss ANC policy with Fikile Mbalula on social media after Mbalula challenged him on Twitter about addressing a Kgoši Mampuru II annual commemoration day on Saturday. 

Some ANC leaders are ‘sycophants’: Mbalula and Zuma exchange Twitter blows

The main problem with some ANC leaders is that they have turned into “sycophants”.

That is what ANC elections head Fikile Mbalula said on Sunday after questioning whether former president Jacob Zuma had followed party policy by addressing an event at which a sitting president should have spoken.

Fikile (Mr Fearfokkol)@MbalulaFikile · 17hReplying to @PresJGZuma

But cde President is this the right thing to do unless u are delegated Msholozi? U were a President bfo is this the right protocol ? To go around addressing events that should b addressed by a seating President?

Fikile (Mr Fearfokkol)@MbalulaFikile

The main problem with some of you, You have turned into psychophants we always ask questions to all our leaders if they step out of line we respectfully remind them about anc conventions and protocols .

Jacob G Zuma@PresJGZuma

Today we honoured Kgoši Mampuru II at the Try Again Sports Ground, Limpopo

– Kgoši Mampuru II Annual Commemoration Day2

“The main problem with some of you, you have turned into psycophants [sic] we always ask questions to all our leaders if they step out of line we respectfully remind them about anc conventions and protocols,” tweeted Mbalula.

It all kicked off when Zuma tweeted photographs of the Kgoši Mampuru II annual commemoration day at the Sekwati sports ground in Mamone in Limpopo on Saturday.

Mbalula wanted to know if it was the “right thing” for Zuma to “go around addressing events”.

Jacob G Zuma@PresJGZuma · 5hReplying to @PresJGZuma @MbalulaFikile

Eg, I can ask you what is the ANC policy on the question you are asking, I could also ask you if there is a policy on this matter? You in particular are aware that I have engaged you outside of the formal discussions of our own organisation to correct some misrepresentations. 2/3

Jacob G Zuma@PresJGZuma

Facing the elections as we are, I suggest we avoid these kind of conversations on such platforms. I am very keen to give you an explanation on this matter, away from social media should you be interested.

Zuma said he would not discuss ANC policy with Mbalula on social media.

“This would lead to a conversation between you and I, either you educating me on ANC policy or vice versa,” Zuma said.‏

“Facing the elections as we are, I suggest we avoid these kind of conversations on such platforms. I am very keen to give you an explanation on this matter, away from social media should you be interested.”ADVERTISING

Mbalula replied: “Asking a question does not mean I despise the former president. It’s just a question. Of course he is not debarred from attending or addressing such events.”

Fikile (Mr Fearfokkol)@MbalulaFikile · 17hReplying to @PresJGZuma

But cde President is this the right thing to do unless u are delegated Msholozi? U were a President bfo is this the right protocol ? To go around addressing events that should b addressed by a seating President?

Fikile (Mr Fearfokkol)@MbalulaFikile

Asking a question does not mean i despise the former president is just a question,Of course he is not debarred from attending or addressing such events.

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