Sun. May 19th, 2024

Former South African President Jacob Zuma faces a summons from the African National Congress (ANC) disciplinary committee for his recent defiance of party principles. This development follows Zuma’s public declaration of intent to vote against the ANC in the forthcoming elections, stirring anticipation for the impending hearing.

Scheduled for next Tuesday at the ANC’s headquarters in Johannesburg, the disciplinary proceeding underscores the party’s internal struggle over Zuma’s status as a member. Despite his allegiance to the newly formed Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party, which he endorsed in December, Zuma maintains his ANC membership, leading to uncertainty within the ruling party.

Expressing his refusal to endorse President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC, Zuma emphasized his commitment to the MK Party, citing a moral obligation to align with its values. However, the ANC contends that Zuma’s dual affiliation violates its constitutional provisions.

With the national and provincial elections slated for May 29, Zuma’s suspension in January further complicates the political landscape. The ANC invoked Rule 25 of its constitution to suspend Zuma temporarily due to his support for the MK Party.

In response to the summons, MK Party Spokesperson Nhlamulo Ndhlela affirmed Zuma’s readiness to address the charges, indicating solidarity among party supporters gathering outside the ANC headquarters.

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