- The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal says that Jacob Zuma's involvement in campaigning helped the party secure more votes
- They said the ANC may have seen bigger electoral losses in the province without the former president
- The ANC's KZN provincial secretary said that many voters in the province still felt represented by Zuma
The KwaZulu-Natal ANC says that the presence of former president Jacob Zuma on the campaign trail helped the party's electoral performance in the province.
This comes after the ANC lost 10% of its support in KwaZulu-Natal, dropping to 54%.
Nevertheless, ANC provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli says that the party may have received even fewer votes had it not been for Zuma.
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Ntuli said that it was a "strategic" move to deploy Zuma on the campaign trail. Zuma's presence was controversial, as he is widely viewed as being an enabler of state capture and maladministration. However, Ntuli believes that Zuma was still able to rally some support in his home province.
Indeed, he said that Zuma galvanised certain voters who were disappointed in the ruling party and unhappy that their faction had not emerged victorious at the Nasrec elective conference in 2017.
He said that Zuma's involvement in the campaign signaled to some voters that the ANC was united and put the party above individual personalities, according to Times Live.
Ntuli went on to say that certain communities in KwaZulu-Natal were also displeased with Zuma's recall in early 2018.
He said that, for many voters, Zuma represented their hopes and aspirations, and they were angered when the ANC shifted its support behind Cyril Ramaphosa, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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