It seems the honeymoon phase is over between EFF leader Julius Malema and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, as the two have been exchanging blows on Twitter following the secret ballot ruling on Thursday.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng left it up to speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete to decide whether parliament should allow the secret ballot.

Mbalula took to Twitter following the ruling to shade the opposition parties, including the EFF, for apparently wanting the courts to instruct Mbete on how to do her job.

He said he did not understand why the parties were celebrating when they lost the case, further saying: “It tells us of ideological bankruptcy of the worst kind.”

Mbalula’s tweets, however, rubbed Malema the wrong way, who responded on his timeline without tagging the minister.

He slammed the “whole minister” for apparently leaving his duties to “justify” that parliament won a case. If the ruling party won the case, why did he sound so disgruntled? asked Malema.

“One thing I know is that this Minister did not read the court papers and will not read this judgment but he’s busy tweeting about it, hai,” he said.

Malema insisted opposition parties won the case, as the court apparently disagreed with Mbalula’s “drinking mate”, Mbete.

“Your drinking mate Baleka said she doesn’t have discretion to grant secrete ballot. We said she does and the court agreed with us Minister,” he said.

Mbalula responded to Malema, saying opposition parties lost because they approached the courts requesting that Mbete be ordered to allow secret ballot, which obviously did not happen.

Why did Malema even bring up the “drinking partner” when he was, in fact, Mbalula’s drinking partner, further saying as a minister and member of parliament, he had every right to comment on the Constitutional Court judgment.