Johannesburg - The African National Congress has slammed a national survey that showed its secretary-general Ace Magashule and opposition Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema were less popular than President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The latest SA Citizens survey released this week indicated that Magashule was the least liked in the ANC, disliked by nine out of ten people.
The ANC said its leaders were there to unite the nation and were not in a popularity contest.
"The research appears to have some ulterior motives of lending credence to a known agenda of abusing experimentation for sheer academic credence and peddling of lies with divisive intentions," the governing party said in a statement on Thursday.
"This latest salvo is also an attempt to isolate ANC secretary-general, comrade Ace Magashule and further cast imaginary doubt on his abilities. The secretary-seneral is part of the leadership collective as elected at the 54th national conference and not in any popularity contest. Our renewal and unity project demands that we all stay vigilant against wedge-drivers."