‘It is all lies, there are no ZUMA supporters in ANC Moses Mabhida region’ – MOSES MABHIDA asserts

Friday, February 2, 2024
 – The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal’s Moses Mabhida region on Thursday dismissed claims that several of the region’s high-profile members have defected to the newly-formed uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party, led by former President Jacob Zuma.

The region used to be Zuma’s support base, with several of the current ANC regional executive committee (REC) members at one stage being regarded as part of the former president’s inner circle.

Perceptions that several influential ANC members in the region were collaborating with the MK party gained traction two weeks ago.

This was when thousands of ANC supporters from the region converged at the Pietermaritzburg YCMA for an MK party event addressed by Zuma.

However, ANC Moses Mabhida regional secretary Siminenkosi “Samora” Ndlovu said none of the ruling party’s REC members were collaborating with the MK party.

“It’s all lies. The entire REC is currently working hard to ensure victory for the ANC in the upcoming elections,” Ndlovu explained.

If there were any of the REC members working with the so-called MK party, I would have known by now.

“It’s impossible for an REC member to mobilise for a rival political party, even in secret. What we have in the region is just one or two former ANC councillors who are working with the MK party.

“As far as we are concerned, those individuals no longer have any influence within the ANC in the region. By joining a rival political party, they have ceased to be ANC members.”

Zuma, despite the ANC’s position that the MK party was “fake”, insists that the new party forms part of the ANC.

He has in recent weeks been criss-crossing the province as part of the MK party’s elections campaign.

According to the former president, the MK party’s main objective is to “rescue” the ANC from the ruling party’s current top brass, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The ANC’s top leadership, which on Monday announced that it has since resolved to suspend Zuma from the party, has warned that ruling party members who aligned themselves with the MK party will be expelled.

“The ANC PEC [provincial executive committee] has resolved that action be taken against all members who are public representatives and members who are participating in the activities of other political parties,” ANC provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo said.

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