In response to recent claims made by Sunday World, ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula and spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri have refuted any suggestions of animosity between them. The controversy arose after the demotion of JP Louw, an associate of Bhengu-Motsiri, during a reportedly intense meeting last Monday, as detailed in The Star.
The Sunday World story, labeling Mbalula’s actions as “dropping the ball,” has been dismissed by both Mbalula and Bhengu-Motsiri. Mbalula categorically termed the article as “gossip,” emphasizing that the publication was made aware of factual inaccuracies by its undisclosed sources.
“We awoke to a regrettable Sunday World article that can best be described as gossip,” stated Mbalula, highlighting that the publication was informed about the inaccuracies in the information provided by its sources. The ANC leaders have firmly asserted that the piece will not distract the party from its ongoing regeneration program.
“We are determined to succeed in all aspects of the organizational renewal agenda mandated by the 55th National Conference,” stated Mbalula. Regarding the ANC’s communication function, he emphasized the commitment to enhancing the Department of Information Publicity to become a world-class communication instrument.
Mbalula praised Bhengu-Motsiri’s role in transforming the communication department, highlighting her leadership in the battle of ideas. “Comrade Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri is among those who have been responsible for leading the movement in the battle of ideas, and we can tangibly point to visible progress that has been made under her leadership.”
Mbalula emphasized the collaborative and mutually beneficial partnership between him and Bhengu-Motsiri, stating that she is vital and instrumental in the party’s efforts. The ANC leaders aim to continue their work undeterred, focusing on the broader goals set by the National Conference and reinforcing their commitment to transparent and effective communication within the party.