Zuma could be a future ANC ally in hung provinces

By Zukile Majova
Political Editor

After six weeks of indecision, the ANC top brass has decided to defer a disciplinary hearing against Jacob Zuma for another six months.

Zuma has walked away from the party, is actively campaigning for the uMkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party, and is recruiting ANC members who are leaving the party in droves.

In terms of the ANC constitution, Zuma’s actions should have resulted in the immediate termination of his membership, but party bosses have been dilly-dallying on the issue.

A three-day meeting of the ANC national executive committee finally pressed for Zuma to face the music, but the top leadership decided he should be suspended pending a formal disciplinary hearing.

Too scared to push the rogue former president off the ship, ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe warned that a Zuma disciplinary hearing could have unforeseen ramifications for the ANC on the eve of its most difficult election since coming to power in 1994.

ANC branches and regions wanted Zuma to be shown the door before the elections. However, the leadership does not want to start a political war against Zuma and his MK party, who might be useful allies after the elections.

MK, which is said to have attracted over 300,000 members in KwaZulu-Natal, is likely to be a kingmaker between the ANC and the IFP coalition after the elections.

Neither the ANC nor the IFP are likely to secure an outright majority in KZN. 

IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa has already warned about the dangers of publicly attacking Zuma.

“Zuma and the MK are helping us get rid of the ANC,” said Hlabisa.

MK, which pulled an unprecedented crowd of over 30,000 supporters in the ANC’s biggest KZN ward of KwaXimba on Saturday, is expected to replace the DA and EFF as future kingmakers in the province.

It is not unthinkable that Zuma, who is promising supporters that he is still a member of the ANC, could form a coalition with the ruling party to snatch the province away from an IFP coalition.

When the ANC was about to lose the eThekwini metro in KZN after the 2021 municipal elections, it was Zuma who saved the party.

Philani Mavundla, a friend of Zuma, whose party Abantu Batho Congress (ABC) had the deciding vote in the eThekwini metro, received a call from Msholozi to give the metro to the ANC and not the DA. 

Mavundla was subsequently awarded the position of deputy mayor.

The ABC has now formed a coalition with MK, even though Mavundla is the mayor of Umvoti (Greytown) through a partnership with the ANC.

Pictured above: Jacob Zuma is actively recruiting members for the uMkhonto Wesizwe party

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