The war of words, or is it an infantile ugly spat, between the ANC and its stalwart Kader Asmal has turned nastier, with the organisation's military veterans saying he must go and "die" and that he is not the party's political god.
This is after Asmal criticised some of the decisions in the party and the conduct of some of ANC leaders, especially Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.
The uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association said he "has chosen a wrong route to resuscitate what was once his political career through sheer opportunism of space".
Asmal said he wished he was not alive when Mbalula became secretary-general of the ANC, but the military veterans couldn't take it.
"In response to Kader Asmal's remarks towards Comrade Fikile Mbalula, we advise Kader Asmal to go to the nearest cemetery and die if that is the choice he had made," the veterans said in a statement.
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