What goes around comes around: War veteran attacks Sengezo Tshabangu

Self-imposed CCC Secretary-General Sengezo Tshabangu

Veteran war hero accuses opposition party member of infiltration

In a recent turn of events, outspoken war veteran Max Mkandla has launched a scathing attack on Sengezo Tshabangu, the self-proclaimed interim secretary-general of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC). Mkandla accused Tshabangu of being an infiltrator within the opposition party, with the sole intention of dismantling it from within.

Mkandla emphasized the importance of having strong opposition parties to expose the weaknesses of the ruling party, thereby facilitating development in the country. However, he lamented the presence of individuals like Tshabangu, whom he described as infiltrators, destroying the opposition party precisely when it is most needed. Mkandla further criticized Tshabangu for causing unbudgeted by-elections, a burden on the country’s economy, while civil servants struggle with low wages and escalating prices due to increased taxes.

Sending a clear message to Tshabangu, Mkandla stated that if he thought he has support, he should form his own party. He expressed concerns over power-hungry individuals who lacked genuine popular support infiltrating opposition parties for personal gain, without facing any consequences for their actions. Mkandla clarified that he did not endorse any particular party but believed in speaking out against what he perceived as wrongdoing.

“The challenge that we have now is that of people who are power hungry and bankrupt. They think of infiltrating opposition parties and get away with that unpunished even if they do not have support on the ground,” Mkandla said.

“I am not supporting anyone in that party, but we hear what people are saying on the ground. We have to say it and correct what is wrong, he must know that what goes around comes around.”

Mkandla, a veteran of the 1970s war against colonial rule, warned that those without genuine grassroots support often exploit internal conflicts within opposition parties. In response, Tshabangu’s spokesperson, Khaliphani Phugeni, defended his boss, stating that Tshabangu aimed to restore the party to its original principles, thereby avoiding future internal crises.

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