Political analyst Fikile Vilakazi has raised concerns that former South African president Jacob Zuma could reveal some of the African National Congress (ANC)’s undisclosed secrets if he is expelled from the party.
Vilakazi explained that Zuma’s involvement in the ANC’s intelligence gathering during the apartheid era, as a member of the MK structures, has given him access to sensitive information.
Vilakazi emphasized that Zuma’s threats to expose the party are not to be taken lightly. He suggested that Zuma may possess files and records of individual ANC members that were never meant to be made public. The potential consequences of such revelations could be detrimental to the ANC’s reputation and could lead to the organization’s collapse.
“We know that the former president was sitting at the centre of the intelligence of the ANC and for that reason he has exposure to delicate information. He may have access to files and records of individual members of the ANC that are not meant to be public. I think he has made threats that if they act against him, he is also likely to expose them,” said Vilakazi.
While there have been calls from some alliance partners for the ANC to take action against Zuma, Vilakazi believes that the party is caught in a difficult position. Zuma’s hold on the organization puts them in a precarious situation, as any action against him could result in the ANC’s downfall.
“He is holding the organisation to ransom. This is a thorny issue and it could lead to the total collapse of the organisation. The information he has could be the total demise of the ANC,” said Vilakazi.
Vilakazi further argued that Zuma’s actions have already brought the ANC into disrepute and violated the party’s constitution. According to her, Zuma should have faced disciplinary procedures and expulsion for the offences he has committed.
Additionally, Vilakazi highlighted that the uMkhonto weSizwe Party, a faction within the ANC known as the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) faction, could potentially provide a political home for Zuma. This faction is aligned with Zuma’s ideology of bringing about radical economic changes in South Africa.
In conclusion, the potential exposure of the ANC’s secrets by former President Zuma poses a significant threat to the party’s stability. The ANC faces a difficult decision regarding how to handle Zuma’s actions while safeguarding the organization’s reputation and future.