The ANC in Mpumalanga has vowed to clear a long-standing allegation that deputy president David Mabuza is a murderer once and for all following utterances made by a controversial bishop.

Bishop Hangwi Maumela – according to a video-recording that was posted on social media last week but has since been removed – alleged that Mabuza was a murderer and that newly appointed premier, Refilwe Mtshweni, was his girlfriend.

Maumela also alleged that Mabuza, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and treasurer-general Paul Mashatile were conspiring to topple President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Maumela is a leader of the Faith Bible Church in the North West.

These allegations were published in a Sunday tabloid.

According to the video recording, Maumela made these allegations in Mpumalanga on two events hosted by legislature member, David Dube, and former ANC deputy chairperson, Charles Makola.

“While his sentiments have been directed specifically at Comrade David Mabuza and broadly against a number of other comrades, what cannot be ignored is his broadside attack on the ANC as a collective structure,” Manzini said.

“His demeaning remarks about [Mtshweni] are not only the antithesis of what the ANC stands for but represent the worst form of sexism and male chauvinism. In all honesty, chauvinists like the so-called bishop do not have a place in modern-day South Africa wherein women occupy high echelons of power based on their capabilities and commitment,” she said.