Lungisa and RET faction take no prisoners in Covid blame game

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Lungisa and RET faction take no prisoners in Covid blame game

Controversial release of former ANC councillor turns into an opportunity to lay into Ramaphosa’s leadership

Nomazima Nkosi and Naziziphiwo Buso

Emboldened by former Nelson Mandela Bay ANC councillor Andile Lungisa’s early release from prison, leaders aligned with the radical economic transformation (RET) brigade took a swipe at President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday, blaming the Covid-19 crisis in the Eastern Cape on his allies.

ANC leaders who supported Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s failed ANC presidency bid took turns in hitting out at not only Ramaphosa, but also his allies. They took aim at Eastern Cape ANC chair Oscar Mabuyane and the party’s Eastern Cape secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi, saying they had completely failed to lead.

Referring to himself as a “political prisoner”, Lungisa, flanked by former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, former finance minister Des van Rooyen and Eastern Cape legislature deputy speaker Mlibo Qoboshiyane, said it was time for new leadership in the ANC...

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