Fikile Mbalula
Johannesburg – Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday rejected the Ace Magashule's inclusion in the ANCYL's list of preferred candidates to succeed the ANC's current top six leadership.

The youth league earlier this week endorsed Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as their preferred candidate to succeed President Jacob Zuma as ANC president and named five other preferred candidates to replace the ANC's remaining leaders.

This despite ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe recently saying nominations would only open in September.

The ANCYL's remaining list of candidates are: Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, as ANC deputy president; Ace Magashule, as secretary general; Jessie Duarte, as the deputy secretary-general; Fikile Mbalula as the second deputy secretary-general; Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, as Treasurer General and Nathi Mthethwa as ANC chairperson.

Commenting on this list, Mbalula on Twitter urged the youth league to rally behind Gauteng Premier David Makhura as a replacement for Mantashe.

He added that Makhura had all the "ingredients you like in a leader".

Mbalula blasted Magashule, adding that the Free State premier would destroy what remained of the ANC.

Speaking of his own inclusion, Mbalula said he already ran his race and was defeated in Mangaung. He closed off by assuring followers that his account had not been hacked.