- Former president Jacob Zuma will join the ANC on the ground during the 2019 election campaign
- Zuma will join efforts in his home region of KZN
- Regional chairperson Nonhle Mkhulisi said Zuma could still make a huge contribution to the ANC
Many South Africans believe former president Jacob Zuma will retire quietly to his Nkandla home now that he has left office.
But the African National Congress’ (ANC) Musa Dladla region has other ideas for Zuma. According to the regional chairperson, Nonhle Mkhulisi, the former president will join the party ‘on the ground’ during the 2019 election campaign.
The Musa Dladla region in northern KwaZulu-Natal is the second largest in the province and importantly is also Zuma’s home region.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mkhulisi said Zuma was still a valued cadre of the ANC who has a huge amount of strength and experience. Mkhulisi said Zuma could and would still make huge contributions to the party.
Mkhulisi said the region welcomed the ANC’s decision to recall Zuma. "We also welcome his voluntary resignation in the highest office of the country. His resignation epitomises high discipline on his part and adherence to the decisions of the NEC," she said.
Mkhulisi rubbished media reports that the KwaZulu-Natal would not support President Cyril Ramaphosa during the 2019 campaign. She said the province stood behind Ramaphosa and would campaign for a decisive victory in 2019.
The region is not planning a welcome home party for Zuma at this time.
Mkhulisi said some branches in the province had raised concerns over how the transition of power between Zuma and Ramaphosa had taken place. She refused to divulge the details of the concerns which have been forwarded to the NEC.
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