Stout African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) President Collen Maine has taken a swipe at Police Minister Fikile Mbalula for rejecting Free State Premier Ace Magashule to be included in their list of preferred candidates to succeed the ANC’s top six leadership in December.

“Fikile Mbalula will not rule the Youth League from the grave. He had his time as the president of the Youth League and we never interfered with his leadership. It’s quite unfortunate that he’s engaging us through loud hailing and when he does that‚ he’s upsetting some of us [as] the current leadership of the Youth League‚” Maine said at Luthuli House on Monday.

He stated that Mbalula should not allow any issues between him and Ace get into politics.

“But to degrade other comrades like he did with Comrade Ace‚ I don’t think it’s okay. We still believe that Comrade Ace will not kill the ANC. If Mbalula and Ace have historical issues in the Free State‚ that is not our issue. We still believe that Mbalula has the capabilities of leading as the second deputy secretary‚ but if he’s not available‚ he’s not available‚” Maine said.

The uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) pronounced on who should take over the reins as the party’s next top six leadership.

The association took a resolution to back Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the next leader of the ANC, Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza as their preferred candidate for deputy president‚ with Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa as national chairperson‚ Free State Premier Ace Magashule as secretary general‚ current deputy secretary Jessie Duarte to remain in her position and Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to be the next treasurer general.

Maine added that there was “nothing special” about Mbalula just as they have said about ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

”Ramaphosa and Mbalula are just two big names that has done nothing for the ANC,” Main concluded.

The ANC will hold its elective conference in December.