Fikile Mbalula Biography
Who is Fikile Mbalula? His birth name is Fikile April Mbalula. He was born on 8 April 1971 in the Free State, Adelaide, Eastern Cape. He is currently 45 years old. Mbalula is now the Minister of Police. He once was the former deputy minister of police. Fikile was also a member of the national executive committee of the African National Congress.
Fikile Mbalula Career
Mbalula was appointed Deputy Minister of Police by Jacob Zuma in May 2009. After Jacob Zuma did a reshuffle of his cabinet ministers, Fikile became the Minister of Sport and Recreation.
During the 2009 general elections, Fikile Mbalula managed the ANC election campaign, which was considered highly successful.
Mbalula has been credited with installing South African President Thabo Mbeki in that position, and for later deposing him as head of the ANC. His support has also been described as key in gaining Zuma the ANC presidency in a hard-fought race with Mbeki.
He also supported the candidacy of Julius Malema to succeed him as head of the Youth League in what was seen as a move to ensure continuing League support for Zuma.
Apart from politics, he is an ardent supporter of the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, and the “Minister of Twitter”.
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Fikile April Mbalula Controversial statements
He has made several headlines on Twitter with his controversial statements. In June 2007 he likened the University of KwaZulu-Natal to Bombay. He said black students were left on the periphery while those of Indian descent swelled the ranks.
In December 2007, amid rising tensions in the run-up to the ANC’s Polokwane conference, Mbalula wrote a letter to finance minister Trevor Manuel. He called him arrogant and an “attention-seeking drama queen”. This followed Manuel dismissing Mbalula as a “self-appointed spokesperson of the national democratic revolution”.
In April 2008 Mbalula said that Barney Pityana, rector of the University of South Africa had “made a clown of himself by his overzealous confusion and comical postulations” after Pityana expressed criticism of Zuma.
Mbalula in January 2014 describe the national team as “a bunch of losers”. He made this statement after the Bafana Bafana were eliminated in the first round of the CHAN competition.
Fikile April Mbalula also once at a public meeting chanted the Springboks rugby team on. He used the words “Donner hulle…bliksem hulle”, to which the audience of supporters erupted in cheers.
On 25 April 2016, he suspended the privileges of SA Rugby, Cricket South Africa and Athletics SA. He stopped them bidding for international tournaments due to lack of transformation
Fikile April Mbalula was appointed Minister of Police on 31 March 2017. He succeeded Nathi Nhleko. Many speculate that his promotion was a reward for loyalty towards Zuma.