Johannesburg - EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula's spokesperson Esethu Hasane were embroiled in a war of words on social media, seemingly over the recent secret ballot judgment handed down by the Constitutional Court.
In June, the ConCourt ruled that the decision for a secret ballot vote in a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma lay with National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng read out the judgment, saying Mbete was wrong when she claimed she did not have the powers to allow for a secret ballot vote.
He said the Constitutional Court did not have the power to order the speaker to make such a decision.
The issue seemingly began when Mpofu spoke out on a recent comment by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula at the on-going ANC policy conference regarding "suicide bombers".
Mbalula on Sunday said ANC MPs who want to vote with the opposition in the no confidence vote against Zuma will be committing political “suicide” as they will face disciplinary procedure.
Mpofu questioned if it was okay for the minister to make these utterances, seeing as how suicide bombers never survive attacks.
He also accused Mbalula of being in contempt of court for "threatening" MPs intending to obey the ConCourt's ruling.
This then led to a discussion between Mpofu and Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete on the issue. Hasane then entered the fray, saying Mpofu was "confused" and was "confusing his gullible followers" with his tweets on the issue.
Mpofu did not take this lying down, calling Hasane's response "sheer stupidity" as opposed to a "misunderstanding".