- Prominent Zuma supporter, PG Mavundla, has left the ANC
- He says that this is not because Zuma is no longer in charge, however
- The ANC has slammed Mavundla's departure as a "publicity stunt"
The ANC says that Philani "PG" Mavundla, a former financial supporter of Jacob Zuma, is no longer a member of the party.
This comes after Mavundla held a ceremony over the weekend to officially join the NFP.
Mavundla has said that he left the ANC because of corruption and political killings.
According to IOL, Mavundla said that political killings, in particular, were a problem that only plagued the ANC. He also slammed the ANC's role in state capture.
"Look at the Zondo Commission and the corruption allegations coming out. Out of all those accused there is no member of the DA, but mainly members of the ANC," Mavundla said.
Mavundla is a business magnate who previously served as mayor of Greytown between 2011 and 2013, Briefly.co.za has gathered. He was also a major backer of the Jacob Zuma Trust, which raised funds for Zuma's ultimately-successful presidential campaign. Additionally, Mavundla was a vocal supporter of Zuma over the Nkandla issue.
As a result, Mavundla's track record as a staunch Zuma loyalist has led to speculation that he left the ANC because Zuma was no longer in charge.
Mavundla, however, has dismissed this suggestion, saying, "I am my own man." He argues that he did not support all of Zuma's ideas either, pointing out that he was never a supporter of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's bid for the ANC leadership position.
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