Mapisa-Nqakula: Nobody can question my loyalty to Ramaphosa, ANC

Mapisa-Nqakula: Nobody can question my loyalty to Ramaphosa, ANC

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has denied allegations of insubordination after she contradicted President Cyril Ramaphosa on the nature of the recent deadly violence.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula  on SANDf and death of Alex man

Mapisa-Nqakula says she would never purposefully contradict the president.


On Sunday, the minister told the joint standing committee on intelligence that the violence and looting was not a coup or insurrection, but counter-revolution.


This was in direct contrast to the label used by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who told the nation on Friday that the unrest was a result of a failed insurgency. 


The minister has now attempted to set the record straight.


"The president has spoken. It was an attempted resurrection and I confined myself to counter-revolution," she said in Chatsworth on Tuesday.

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"Ultimately, remember any element of counter-revolution ultimately may lead to insurrection. There was never a deliberate or even mischief on my side to deliberately contradict the commander-in-chief." 


Mapisa-Nqakula also refuted claims of disloyalty to President Ramaphosa and the African National Congress (ANC). 


"I have served under President Thabo Mbeki, I have served under President Jacob Zuma, and I am now serving under President Matamela Ramaphosa.


"I would like to make this point to the media, not one has ever questioned my allegiance to serving as leaders who are deployed in government.


"There may have been that confusion on my side, but a suggestion that it could be a betrayal of government or betrayal of African National Congress is something which is far-fetched from my side.”

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