MK Party Leader Jacob Zuma Confronts Escalating Tensions in Eastern Cape’s uMkhonto weSizwe Branch

MK Party Leader Jacob Zuma Confronts Escalating Tensions in Eastern Cape’s uMkhonto weSizwe Branch

  • uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK Party) leader Jacob Zuma is in the Eastern Cape to address internal party disputes in the province
  • It has been reported that some members of the party are fighting for leadership positions
  • Party leaders rushed to East London for a closed-door meeting at the ICC on Saturday evening

Trisha Pillay is a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg. With degrees in Journalism and International Politics, she delved into the intricacies of political landscapes at The Citizen newspaper, African News Network, and Newzroom Afrika. Pillay has also completed a training course from Google News Initiative.

MK party leader Jacob Zuma visits Eastern Cape.
MK Party Leader Jacob Zuma is in the Eastern Cape to address the rising tensions in the province. Images:@themankhosi
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EASTERN CAPE - Former President Jacob Zuma took centre stage in the Eastern Cape as uMkhonto weSizwe party leaders anticipated his arrival in Gqeberha.

Zuma tackles tensions

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Their wait was cut short as they rushed to East London on Saturday evening for a closed-door meeting at the ICC.

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According to the SABC, the urgent gathering aimed to address internal party tensions brewing in the province sparked by unconfirmed reports of disputes over leadership roles among members.

Zuma attends funeral

Zuma's visit marked a significant moment for the party, his first in the province since its formation. His appearance coincided with the funeral of MK member Phumelele Tokwe in Alice.

Reflecting on their shared history and the genesis of the MK Party, Zuma revealed that the planned rally in Gqeberha had to be postponed to pay respects to Tokwe, with whom he collaborated closely during the party's conceptualisation phase.

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While addressing the gathering, Zuma acknowledged the existing conflicts within the party but refrained from delving deeply into specifics, citing the inappropriate setting.

Mzansi weighs in

People throughout South Africa shared their thoughts on the internal conflicts between MK Party members. While some were for the party, others were concerned about its future.

Here are some of the reactions:

@Mdu Frans Mabetha commented:

"MK party is not a threat and the ANC will remain in power."

@Justice JZ said:

"These problems are big."

@Prince Gondwe shared:

"MK is a big threat to the ANC."

@Moeletsi Motshoeneng Ntoa gloated:

"No matter whether you like it, the Mkhoto Party is on the ballot paper."

@BK Rsa explained:

"Cutting-edge province, they will still vote for the ANC to suffer, but the EC people must cut ties with the ANC."

@Afri Can said:

"Just the beginning of the end."

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@Charles Sithole commented:

"JZ should guard against spies infiltrating Mk to destabilise."

MK Party hopes to gift former president Jacob Zuma

In a related story, Briefly News reported about the MK Party, which wished former President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma a happy 82nd birthday on 12 April 2024.

The organisation also hoped to gift the former statesman a two-thirds majority at the upcoming General Election.

Many netizens joined to wish the MK Party's leader well in politics and his personal life.

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