- ANC head of elections, Fikile Mbalula said former president Jacob Zuma will continue campaigning for the party
- The ANC’s alliance partners raised concerns about the image Zuma might project about the organisation among the electorate
- Zuma has remained an active member of the ANC since he was recalled from the Presidency in February
The African National Congress (ANC) head of elections Fikile Mbalula has thrown his support behind former president Jacob Zuma and said the former number one would continue to campaign for the ANC, and would remain active within the organisation.
The ANC’s alliance partners, most notably the South African Communist Party, has raised concerns about the possible negative image Zuma might cast on the ruling party.
The SACP is worried that Zuma, who is currently facing charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering will damage the image of the ANC, and will send mixed messages from the party to the electorate.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the ANC’s own research has shown that Zuma and his various scandals and links to corruption and state capture is one of the leading causes behind the decline in support among voters for the party.
Despite this EWN.co.za reported that the ANC is still willing to deploy Zuma to do work on behalf of the party. Zuma remains incredibly popular in KwaZulu-Natal, which is the most important province for the ruling party.
Mbalula said Zuma had done nothing to undermine the ANC and as such there was no ill will towards the former president. He confirmed that the ANC viewed Zuma as a loyal and disciplined member who still had an important role to play.
Zuma has remained active within the ANC’s internal structures since being recalled from the Presidency in February. He has even gone on a door-to-door campaign in his home region of Nkandla in a by-election.
Mbalula added that the ANC was working non-stop to repair divisions at a regional and provincial level and was committed to uniting the party ahead of the 2019 general election.
Mbalula said the party would resolve these issues and divisions before launching its election manifesto.
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