Mzwandile Masina dares ANC to fire him over 'WMC' views, gets support from Malema

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has defended his friend Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina following a backlash over his social media posts.

Masina, also the regional chairperson of the ANC in Ekurhuleni, set tongues wagging on Sunday after supporting Malema's call to  "let the white economy collapse".

The EFF leader and his party have criticised the easing of the nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying it would lead to more infections and deaths.

"I fully agree with my friend on this one @Julius_S_Malema. Until we nationalise all commanding heights of the economy – we need to restart this economy and make sure it favours the majority. This can't be sane again," said Masina in agreement.

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The ANC released a statement rebuking Masina for his stance, calling on its leaders to be mindful of what they post and to keep in mind that nationalising the economy was not ANC policy.

The party said: "While the views were expressed on a personal account, it stands to confuse our constituency and members as to what the ANC stands for. It is expected of ANC leaders to act with care and be cautious at all times on matters of policy.

"Leaders of the ANC feed into the narrative of policy uncertainty when they publicly canvass positions outside the formal structures. We therefore encourage members of the ANC to exercise their freedom of speech within the confines of ANC structures."

Masina made headlines prior to Cyril Ramaphosa becoming ANC president for saying he would refuse to keep serving as the mayor should Ramaphosa become the country's number one citizen. He did not follow through on this, however, when it happened.

Read the full statement below:

Malema was expelled from the party in 2012 after being found guilty of sowing divisions within the ANC.

(Compiled by Vhahangwele Nemakonde)

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