- The KZN ANC has avoided answering questions about whether it felt Jacob Zuma should be disciplined for apparently backing BLF leader Andile Mngxitama
- The former president told supporters recently that they should vote for Mngxitama because he could get things done
- KZN provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli refused to answer questions about the incident and said it was unthinkable that Zuma would support anyone but the ANC
The KwaZulu-Natal African National Congress (ANC) leadership has ignored questions about whether it believed former president Jacob Zuma should face internal disciplinary proceedings for backing a non-ANC affiliate.
Provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli refused to answer questions about the incident in which Zuma told his supporters after appearing in court for a third time that they should vote for Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama.
Ntuli would only say that it was unthinkable for a former president of the party who was still in good standing with the national leadership and who had shown no ill will towards the ANC to support anyone other than an ANC candidate.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ntuli said Zuma’s comments should not be taken out of context and needed to be understood in terms of what Zuma said later during the same address. He said Zuma had been trying to point out that black people needed to unite in order to end their suffering.
Zuma has previously said he would remain a loyal member of the ANC until his dying day and has made himself available to campaign for the ruling party in his home province where he is still incredibly popular.
Ntuli said when this second part was added it was clear that Zuma had merely tried to point out that black South Africans needed to stop fighting amongst themselves if they ever hoped to be free of poverty and enslavement.
EWN.co.za reported that Ntuli said the ANC’s national policy of not allowing the party or its members in their official capacity to support Zuma during his legal battles had meant other organisations such as BLF could step in.
Because of Zuma’s high-profile and high popularity in KwaZulu-Natal, BLF had been able to position itself to gain maximum exposure and gain a certain amount of relevance.
Ntuli made the comments after the new provincial executive committee had held its first meeting over the weekend in Durban.
The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal finally elected new leaders a couple of weeks ago after months of uncertainty and delays. The national leadership will hope that the newly elected provincial leadership will bring some much-needed stability to the highly volatile province.
KwaZulu-Natal is the most important province in terms of votes for the ANC but has been a headache for the national leadership in recent months.
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