A political analyst believes that the African National Congress (ANC) should take action against former president Jacob Zuma for bringing the party into disrepute.
Zuma has been actively campaigning for the newly formed uMkhonto weSizwe party, which many view as a breakaway faction of the ANC.
During a recent MK gathering in Durban, Zuma openly declared his support for the new party and launched scathing attacks on the ANC under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa. This behaviour has raised concerns among political analysts and party members.
In an interview with Newzroom Afrika, political analyst Sethulego Matebesi expressed his belief that the ANC should take decisive action against Zuma.
He stated, “It is a huge insult to the African National Congress, and action should have been taken. The ANC should be bold in taking action so that everyone can know that it is not business as usual. It has become accustomed for the ANC not to take action and dilly-dallying.”
Matebesi further emphasised that Zuma still holds significant influence over certain parts of the country, particularly in his home province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. “The fact of the matter is that this Zuma matter and MK will cause some disruption and confusion within the African National Congress,” Matebesi added.
There have been reports suggesting that the ANC leadership has delegated Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize to “neutralise” Zuma.
Both Dlamini-Zuma and Mkhize were previously seen as Zuma allies, having challenged Ramaphosa for the ANC presidency in the past.
SurgeZirc’s attempt to obtain a comment from the ANC regarding this matter has been unsuccessful at the time of publishing. Any updates will be included once received.
The actions of Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa, have created a significant rift within the ANC. His open support for the uMkhonto weSizwe party and his attacks on the current ANC leadership have caused concern among party members and political analysts alike.
It is essential for the ANC to address this issue promptly and take appropriate action against Zuma. Failure to do so may further damage the party’s reputation and credibility. The ANC needs to demonstrate that it is not business as usual and that it will not tolerate actions that bring the party into disrepute.
Zuma’s continued influence, particularly in Kwa-Zulu Natal, cannot be underestimated. The ANC must recognize the potential disruption and confusion that Zuma’s actions may cause within the party. By taking decisive action, the ANC can send a clear message that it is committed to upholding its values and principles.
The reported delegation of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Zweli Mkhize to “neutralize” Zuma indicates that the ANC leadership is aware of the situation and is taking steps to address it. Both Dlamini-Zuma and Mkhize, as former allies of Zuma, may have the influence and credibility needed to engage with Zuma and mitigate the impact of his actions.
However, it is crucial for the ANC to provide clarity on its stance regarding Zuma and the uMkhonto weSizwe party. The lack of a response from the party at the time of publishing raises questions about its commitment to dealing with this issue effectively.
The ANC must take a strong and decisive stand against Zuma’s actions. By doing so, the party can demonstrate its commitment to accountability and integrity. It is essential for the ANC to show that it will not tolerate behavior that undermines the party’s mission and values.
In conclusion, the ANC should take action against former president Jacob Zuma for bringing the party into disrepute. The party needs to address this issue promptly and decisively to protect its reputation and demonstrate its commitment to upholding its values. By taking appropriate action, the ANC can send a clear message that it will not tolerate actions that undermine the party’s integrity.