- According to reports, supporters of former President Jacob Zuma in KwaZulu-Natal are plotting a campaign to oust President Cyril Ramaphosa as leader of the African National Congress (ANC)
- The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has denied these rumours and said they are propagated by political manoeuvres designed to undermine the party's unity
- Despite claims that the party is united, supporters of Zuma have reportedly set up their own political parties with his blessing
Reports over the weekend have suggested that former president Jacob Zuma's loyal supporters in KwaZulu-Natal have planned to undermine Cyril Ramaphosa ahead of the 2019 elections.
The plan would see Sihle Zikalala, an ally to Zuma, re-elected as chairperson of the province, to call for an early national general council followed by a national elective conference to remove Ramaphosa.
KZN has reportedly resolved to split their votes in the election in 2019 by voting with the ANC in the province but giving their national votes to a party sympathetic to their cause, Briefly.co.za understands.
However, ANC KZN interim committee co-ordinator, Sihle Zikalala, denied the rumours.
“That is bizarre, it is something that is, in fact, those reports are just hogwash. Because in the province we’ve taken a decision as the ANC that we’ve entered a critical phase where we need unity.
“And to unite the ANC we need to unite structures, we need to unite behind the elected leadership that was elected in the last 54th national conference as led by President Ramaphosa. We need to unite on the programmes and priorities spelt out by the conference and those programmes is unity, organisational renewal, it’s radical economic transformation. And that is what we are doing and that is what the leadership nationally is leading us on,” Zikalala said.
Despite the divisions, KwaZulu-Natal is still the ANC's stronghold, and Zuma has many supporters in the province.
According to reports, Apostle Caesar Nongqungaa, a close ally of Zuma, has formed a political party, apparently with Zuma's blessing.
Andile Mngxitama, leader of the Black First Land First (BLF) movement has denied working with Zuma ahead of the elections in a bid to punish Ramaphosa for Zuma’s ousting.
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