MP ANC: Phosa's allegations a desperate attempt to rescue presidential campaign

Matthews Phosa claims provincial leader David Mabuza has a personal militia, which goes around disrupting branch general meetings, intimidating members of the ANC.

Matthews Phosa. Picture: Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Mpumalanga says allegations by Matthews Phosa are unfounded and a desperate attempt to rescue his presidential campaign.

Phosa claims provincial leader David Mabuza has a personal militia, which goes around disrupting branch general meetings, intimidating members of the ANC.

Pictures and videos emerged of a group shooting their firearms into the sky.

The Mpumalanga ANC says Mabuza does not have a personal militia and remains protected solely by the police, like all premiers and members of the executive committee.

The PEC says it is completely confused by what it calls outrageous allegations.

Phosa claimed that a video circulating on social media showing a group of people dancing and others shooting live ammunition were linked to Mabuza.

The PEC says Mabuza has no personal relationship with those in the video.

It says Mabuza is a law-abiding citizen, who will never encourage such events.

_Below is the video that has been circulating on social media and on news platforms. _