While addressing ANC delegates during a closed session at national policy conference in Nasrec, Joburg, on Saturday, Fikile Mbalula warned the ANC to be wary of those who want to split the organisation.

He called those trying to splinter the party as “split purveyors”.

He slammed the veterans, saying the ANC should be “alive to the fact that even within us, some would like to rule forever”.

“Would history write about this gathering as a basket of political contortionists? Do we want to be the splitters or unifiers? It is that simple yet serious,” Mbalula charged.

His document followed a brutal and honest assessment by the party’s secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, in which he decried the corruption within the party’s ranks and the influence of President Jacob Zuma’s friends, the Guptas, in state affairs.