ANC disappointed with Mzwandile Masina's continued undermining of party

ANC disappointed with Mzwandile Masina's continued undermining of party

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) said that it was disappointed that Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina continued to undermine the party.

Masina has dared the ANC to fire him after the party released a statement rebuking him for his comments on Twitter, in which he voiced his support for Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Sunday.

Masina tweeted a picture of a newspaper article headlined "Let the white economy collapse", a quote attributed to Malema.

The mayor responded to the article, saying that all commanding heights of the economy must be nationalised.

This prompted the ANC to release a statement rebuking him, saying that the comment fell outside the confines of the party’s policy position.

In the statement, the ANC called on its members and leaders to be cautious about what gets communicated on social media.

But after that rebuke, Masina tweeted again, daring the ANC to fire him, saying "I am not a coward, kill me if you can, I fear no one".

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said that this was unfortunate.

"It's rather unfortunate. Our doors are wide open, we've got Luthuli House. Comrades are allowed to ventilate and raise their own issues within the platforms of the organisation."

He wouldn’t say what action the party would take against Masina.