The ANC Lacks the Bravery to Expel Jacob Zuma: Political Analyst

The ANC Lacks the Bravery to Expel Jacob Zuma: Political Analyst

  • An independent political analyst accused the ruling party's leadership of cowardice when dealing with its former President, Jacob Zuma
  • Gakwi Mashego told Briefly News that the ruling party was aware that Zuma used the victim card to garner support
  • ANC SG Fikile Mbalula told the media that the party had not decided on whether to expel the suspended Zuma

Zingisa Chirwa is an experienced Briefly News journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa, who has covered politics and current affairs on the radio for over 15 years.

An independent political analyst said the ruling party lacks the bravery to cut ties with its former President, Jacob Zuma.
A political analyst said the ANC knew Jacob Zuma knew how to garner empathy and support. Images: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images and Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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An independent political analyst believes the ANC leadership fears cutting ties with Jacob Zuma despite his leading another political party.

ANC lacks the courage to expel Zuma

Gakwi Mashego told Briefly News that the ANC avoided firing Zuma because it knew that Msholozi operated at his best when he was seen as a victim.

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“That helps him achieve what he wants to achieve. Sympathy, empathy, and a little bit of support…The ANC is very aware of Jacob Zuma’s capacity to turn a joker card into an ace.”

ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula told the media on 22 April 2024 that the ANC had not decided whether to expel its former President.

According to SABC News, Mbalula also accused Msholozi of depicting himself as a victim.

Zuma was suspended from the organisation in January 2024 after publicly stating that he would campaign for the MK Party in the upcoming General Election.

Citizens weigh in on the Zuma and ANC saga

Netizens questioned why the ruling party was so reluctant to expel Msholozi.

@PaulVigorous asked:

“What does your Constitution say about dual membership?”

@tsitso09 said:

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“The ANC will never learn. By not expelling Zuma, he retains certain rights within the organisation. It's only a matter of time before he springs another surprise like this thing of MK.”

@Djayrhhee thought:

“So ANC can still go to court to challenge the presidency of Zuma to MK Party since when he is still a member of the ANC.”

@Queen_am28623 added:

“They're scared of expelling him, he is a serious threat to the ANC.”

@Linda80221590 observed:

“If he had no massive following he'd have been shown the door long ago.”

Mpumalanga ANC suspends political heavyweight Mandla Msibi

In related Briefly News, the ANC in Mpumalanga suspended Mandla Msibi for threatening to sabotage the party's 8 January statement.

Msibi and his alleged co-accused were temporarily suspended shortly after the incident.

The provincial leadership released a statement confirming that Msibi was suspended for three years.

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