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ANC Initiates Disciplinary Action Against Jacob Zuma for Endorsing MK Party

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Former President Jacob Zuma

The African National Congress (ANC) has scheduled disciplinary hearing against its former President and now Suspended Member, Jacob Zuma. The decision comes after Zuma’s open endorsement of the Umkhonto We Sizwe Party (MK Party), sparking controversy within the ranks of the ANC. The disciplinary hearing is scheduled for the 7th of May, 2024, set to take place at Luthuli House, the heart of ANC’s operations in Johannesburg.

Zuma, who served as the President of South Africa from 2009 to 2018, has found himself at odds with his former party following his public declaration of support for the MK Party. This endorsement is viewed by the ANC as a breach of their constitution, specifically acting against the interests and objectives of the party. The ANC’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) laid out the charges, pointing towards Zuma’s actions as detrimental to the unity and direction of the ANC.

The grievances of the ANC were made clear when Zuma, at a gathering in Orlando, Soweto, in December last year, stated his intention to vote for the MK Party instead of the ANC in the upcoming elections. His declaration was more than just a personal political stance; it was an invitation to others, urging them to follow his lead in “dislodging the ANC as the ruling party”. This move, according to the ANC, is not only a violation of their constitution but an attempt to divide the party’s supporters.

Zuma’s critique of the current ANC leadership under Cyril Ramaphosa has been scathing. Through a statement delivered by his daughter, Dudu Zuma, he accused the “ANC of Ramaphosa” of leading the country into turmoil, citing issues such as loadshedding as key failures of the current administration. Despite his criticisms and the looming disciplinary action, Zuma has professed his unwavering allegiance to the ANC, stating, “I would die a member of the ANC”,.

The ANC’s approach to this situation has been of interest to political analysts and the public alike. Earlier in the year, Fikile Mbalula, the Secretary-General of the ANC, addressed the issue, claiming that Zuma had essentially expelled himself from the party by endorsing and campaigning for the MK Party. Mbalula’s comments reflect an ANC that sees Zuma’s actions as a clear departure from the party’s ethos and unity.

Meanwhile, Umkhonto Wesizwe Party Spokesperson Nhlamulo Ndhela has confirmed that a significant number of MK Party members will gather outside Luthuli House to support former President Jacob Zuma as he attends a disciplinary hearing scheduled by the ANC.

Umkhonto Wesizwe Party (MK Party)
Umkhonto Wesizwe Party (MK Party). Picture supplied

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