Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and ANC MP Makhosi Khoza have had their fair share of exchanges in public.
Khoza has been the subject in many messages by a few in the ANC calling for "ill-disciplined" members to be called to order. Khoza has pulled no punches in calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down, and as an ANC MP, called on Parliament's speaker Baleka Mbete to institute a secret ballot in a vote of no confidence against him come August.
Khoza has received death threats since speaking against Zuma, and comments by others within the party including ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu, Mbalula, and the party's KwaZulu-Natal youth wing. Her daughter also received death threats.
Mbalula sent stern warnings to his comrades about polling against President Jacob Zuma in the vote of no confidence.
On Wednesday in a statement, Khoza rejected Parliament's offer of security for her, asking how Mbalula could protect her from death threats when he fuelled them.
SAPS are attending to the Security concerns of Dr Makhosikhoza and she is aware. As it it's security ,details won't be publicly discussed.— RSA Police Minister (@MbalulaFikile) July 15, 2017
After Khoza's statement on Thursday, Mbalula responded on Twitter.
When Honorable, Dr Makhosi Khoza was writing her recent statement I was on a plane sitting next to her.— RSA Police Minister (@MbalulaFikile) July 26, 2017
But the police minister has taken to Twitter to deal with his opinions on Khoza's comments since the beginning of July. These tweets could be what Khoza referred to in her statement when she said: "Minister of Police and his deputy have taken to public platforms to aggressively criticise me and level completely false and defamatory accusations at me."
He also retweeted tweets said by other users which were directed to Khoza
STATEMENT:— RSA Police Minister (@MbalulaFikile) July 19, 2017
I have made attempts to make contact with Dr Makhosi Khoza which yeilded no results as she chooses to contact us via Facebook pic.twitter.com/1bbKhRmLyD
The Secretary General: pic.twitter.com/ngCG32WKKD— RSA Police Minister (@MbalulaFikile) July 5, 2017
This is why Dr Khoza's outspokenness and Cyril's (seemingly) engineered meteoric rise in media popularity don't enthuse me. pic.twitter.com/bYNIdhvMWi— Vuyani Ngalwana SC (@vngalwana) July 16, 2017
Still ill-disciplined. Still can't be relied upon as a team member. Still bad for team sport. Shit ain't singles tennis; it's 15-men rugby! https://t.co/vaQA3swFsB— Vuyani Ngalwana SC (@vngalwana) July 16, 2017
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Dr Khoza's public utterances about her own party at a time when the party is fighting to stay alive make me wonder about loyalty 2 family— Vuyani Ngalwana SC (@vngalwana) July 8, 2017