Former Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has resigned from the ANC calling out the ‘lunacy’ of Secretary General Fikile Mbalula.

His resignation follows an exchange with Mbalula, who accused Nhleko of lying in parliament in defence of former President Jacob Zuma. This was during the inquiry into the Nkandla scandal.

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Nhleko resigned via a letter addressed to the Albertina Sisulu Branch secretary Tolo Fakazi. 

“Consequently, and regrettably, I resign from this African National Congress as its current values and principles are not aligned with mine,” announced Nhleko. 

He further said Mbalula’s accusations demonstrated the bankruptcy, lunacy, and defunct manner of thinking by the Secretary General. Which has unfortunately defined the barren form the ANC has undertaken.

“In the past few years, I have observed that I no longer recognise this ANC that I joined. The ANC whose only aspiration was to liberate our people.

“The ANC as a liberation movement spoke and acted strongly on good ethics; a collective approach; was people focused; and emphasised on humanity and freedom for all,” he said. 

Nathi Nhleko has resigned from the ANC
Nathi Nhleko


Nhleko also said he had observed fundamental shifts in the ANC. He also added it was painful to see an organisation he loved dearly turning into something unrecognisable.

This included the gradual dismantling and privatisation of state-owned enterprises. The transfer of control of vital sectors of the economy to the “white dominated private sector.

“The reduction of state influence and oversight in critical sectors which could potentially compromise public interest and welfare, and the reduction of employment within state owned enterprises which, he said, leads to job losses. 

“The above stated points represent a deviation from the ANC founding principles. As starkly illustrated by [the] newly found emphasis on austerity measures.”

“These austerity measures are characterised by severe reduction in social spending. For instance, social grants benefiting the elderly have been consistently increasing up until 2018 by 8% annually. Since 2018 the figure of 8% has been reduced to 4% annual increases, with a projected 2% to 3% annual increases for the Medium-Term Expenditure,” he said. 

ANC Limpopo have distanced themselves from recent comments made by former MEC for Education Polly Bishielo regarding Cyril Ramaphosa.

In an interview with the Sunday World, Boshielo accused the ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) of double standards and conniving with the KwaZulu-Natal leadership. She claimed that despite publicly announcing their support for Cyril Ramaphosa in his bid for the second term in office, the Province is supporting Zweli Mkhize.

“At the moment there are two line-ups from the same people of this province. One consists of a slate, which supports comrade Ramaphosa and Fikile Mbalula. The other one consists of Zweli Mkhize and Phumulo Masualle,” Boshielo told the publication. 

“We are not confused and pretentious. Our line-up remains in favour of comrades Ramaphosa and Mbalula,” she added. 

ANC responds to Polly Boshielo Cyril Ramaphosa comments
ANC responds to Polly Boshielo Cyril Ramaphosa comments


But in a statement released on Monday, the ANC in Limpopo said they will ask Boshielo to account for her utterances. 

The ANC in Limpopo distances itself from recent unfounded utterances made by Comrade Polly Bishielo. Who claimed that ANC Limpopo is back-stabbing President Cyril Ramaphosa.

As the ANC Limpopo, we wish to state it categorically clear that the Public Statement made by Comrade Polly. Both on her Social Media Facebook Post as well as in the Sunday World Newspaper, are her own thoughts and do not reflect the party’s position,” read the statement. 


The ANC Limpopo is in full support of President Cyril Ramaphosa and will continue to do so until the National Conference and beyond. The claim by Comrade Polly is an untruthful and dishonest claim which we reject with the contempt it deserves.”

We will in due course formally write to Comrade Polly Boshielo for her to explain her conduct.”

The ANC in Limpopo is further calling upon all its members, leaders and deployees to desist from making reckless public statements, which has potential to bring the party into disrepute.”