- Former president Jacob Zuma has claimed that apartheid era co-operatives were alive and well within the ANC
- This allegation, put forward at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, has the potential to inflame worsening factionalism within the ruling party
- Senior party leaders have been quick to take sides in the matter, setting the scene for division and infighting
Jacob Zuma's appearance at the Zondo Commission has the potential to widen the rift in the ANC that the party has been so desperate to close.
Briefly.co.za reported that the former president had spilled the beans on spies within the party, starting as early as 1990.
ANC leaders were quick to take sides following the admission, with Zuma claiming that a campaign had been launched to remove him from the 'scene', reports EWN.
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Ace Magashule, party secretary-general and long-time ally of Zuma, made an appearance at the inquiry yesterday in a show of support for his comrade:
“I know some of the things that President Zuma might actually say.”
The uMkhonto We Sizwe National Council, a part of the MKMVA, reassured senior ANC members following accusations of their links to apartheid-era intelligence services.
During his testimony, Zuma alleged that both former minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi and general Siphiwe Nyanda had been in cahoots with enemy forces.
To this, Gregory Nthatisi, MK council national secretary-general, responded:
“Any comrade we know and have worked with, we’ll always stand by and defend.”
Zuma's claim that apartheid co-operators may well be, and could always have been, a part of the democratic government post-liberation, has the capacity to tear about the party he claims to be loyal to.
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