Angry Zuma loyalists threaten ANC split, plan to make Cyril pay
Secret talks to form new alliance and split ANC's KwaZulu-Natal
Jacob Zuma’s loyalists in KwaZulu-Natal are said to be hatching an elaborate plot which involves a campaign to oust President Cyril Ramaphosa as party leader.
They are also considering splitting their votes in the coming elections — voting for the ANC in the province but giving their national ballots to a political party sympathetic to their cause should their plan to remove Ramaphosa fail.
Insiders say the Zuma backers were pondering working with Andile Mngxitama’s Black First Land First ahead of the general election as part of a plan to punish Ramaphosa for Zuma’s removal from office.
In addition, Zuma’s close ally, Caesar Nongqunga, the president of the Twelve Apostles Church in Christ, has formed a new political party, the African Transformation Congress. Insiders said Nongqunga formed the party with Zuma’s blessing.
Andile Mngxitama, Carl Niehaus and supporters of Zuma congegrated outside Durban High Court after former president Jacob Zuma’s corruption and fraud case was postponed to June 8 2018.
Some leaders of the church held a meeting in Umgababa, on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, where a letter written to the ANC informing the governing party of a decision to form a new political organisation was read out. The church complained about being sidelined by the ANC by not receiving government finance and not being consulted on crucial decisions.
Speculation is rife in the province that the Zuma grouping was even considering mobilising its members and supporters not to vote for the ANC on the national ballot next year to spite Ramaphosa.
ANC national working committee member and former KwaZulu-Natal chairman Senzo Mchunu said the ruling party was aware of plan.
“We’re aware . . . for now we’re calling it a rumour,” said Mchunu.
But Zikalala denied the existence of such a plan.
“These are totally, totally lies. There is not even a single person I have heard talking about that. I have never met anyone in the province, who have spoken about that issue formally or informally (sic),” said Zikalala.
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