‘No structures needed for MK’s election fight’ — Zuma

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By Zukile Majova
Political Editor

Jacob Zuma has outlined an unusual plan in which supporters of his new party will vote for it without a clue as to who will get what position after the elections.

The party, uMkhonto Wesizwe (MK), has no certified branches or leadership structures.

Even in KwaZulu-Natal, where MK is seen as having a chance of emerging in the top three along with the ANC and IFP in the upcoming elections, it has no premier candidate and no provincial executive committee.

MK is also not planning to have a policy conference, and no national or provincial list conference either.

Zuma, South Africa’s former president, says MK is going into the elections without revealing its premier candidates in any of the provinces. 

It is not clear how the party will decide who would be members of Parliament or members of any of the nine provincial legislatures after the elections.

Zuma says they are establishing interim structures and will concentrate on securing votes.

“At the moment everyone is just here and we are giving them instructions to help us here and there, but it’s all interim.

“After we have won, we then sit down and build structures. People have been asking: ‘Where are the structures in this thing of yours?’.

“No we don’t want them, not right now,” said Zuma.

The absence of structures and how decisions are being made in the two-month-old party has already created tensions between two MK youth factions — the MK Youth League (MKYL) and the MK Students Movement.

The MKYL issued a statement saying it had suspended two members for organising a parallel structure.

There are also claims that Zuma allies who left the ANC after being accused of corruption are positioning themselves to become MPs and members of provincial legislatures should the party win sufficient votes.

MK also appears to present an opportunity for Zuma and some of his children to get lucrative positions after the elections.

Zuma’s daughter Duduzile has been her father’s supporter throughout the MK pre-election campaign and is already seen as part of the party’s top leadership.

It is also an open secret in the party that Duduzile’s twin brother, Duduzani, will later join the party’s executive.

Pictured above: Jacob Zuma’s supporters have no clue about MK leaders after the elections.

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