In the latest development surrounding former President Jacob Zuma’s endorsement of the uMkhonto weSizwe party, the African National Congress (ANC) is gearing up to make a formal announcement on its decision. ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula addressed the media during the party’s inaugural national executive committee meeting in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.
Last month, Zuma made headlines by declaring his intention to campaign for the newly formed uMkhonto weSizwe party, breaking ranks with the ANC just ahead of the upcoming general elections.
Rule 25 of the ANC’s constitution specifically outlines that disciplinary actions may be taken against any party member supporting or joining a political organization not aligned with the ANC. Despite Zuma’s public endorsement of the uMkhonto weSizwe Party, he remains an ANC member.
Mbalula emphasized that the ANC’s constitution would be strictly adhered to, asserting, “We are all members, we are equal before the ANC, so there is no supreme leader in the ANC.”
With three weeks having passed since Zuma’s announcement, the ANC is now poised to disclose its course of action regarding his decision to align with another political entity. As the ANC prepares to navigate this internal challenge, the political landscape in South Africa continues to evolve ahead of the upcoming elections.