'When two elephants fight, you should know who will suffer': Malema weighs in on ANC 'faction war'

EFF leader Julius Malema compared Cryril Ramaphosa and Ace Magashule to elephants.
EFF leader Julius Malema compared Cryril Ramaphosa and Ace Magashule to elephants.
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As the ANC's internal affairs continue to play out in public this week, EFF leader Julius Malema has weighed in on the alleged faction war within the party.

The red beret leader took to Twitter this week to throw subtle jibes at ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa and the party's corrupt-accused secretary-general Ace Magashule.

Malema compared the pair to two elephants fighting, suggesting that it described the current state of affairs within the official ruling party.

“When two elephants fight, Cyril Ramaphosa and Ace Magashule, you should know who will suffer,” he said.

Malema's cryptic post - referring to the African proverb about the grass suffering most - comes after Ramaphosa announced that Magashule would be appearing at the ANC's integrity committee on Saturday.

Magashule is facing 21 corruption-related charges linked to a R230m asbestos-eradication tender awarded during his time as Free State premier.

The ANC secretary-general handed himself over to the Hawks last month before appearing at the Bloemfontein magistrate's court, where he was released on R200,000 bail. 

Ramaphosa said the ANC's unity does not accommodate or condone corruption. He said party members accused of corruption should step down from their positions.

“We must also acknowledge that there are some among us who, wittingly or unwittingly, contribute to a public discourse that is damaging to the unity and cohesion of the movement.

“As we have said before, we need to desist from public statements that are at variance with the decisions of the structures of ANC and which are likely to fuel division.”


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