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ANC NEC suspends ex-president Jacob Zuma over MK party support

ANC NEC suspends ex-president Jacob Zuma over MK party support
Illustrative image | Jacob Zuma; ANC flag. (Photos: Gallo Images / Fani Mahuntsi | Gallo Images / Darren Stewart)

The ANC has suspended its former leader Jacob Zuma from the party. This comes more than a month after he announced his support for the newly formed uMkhonto Wesizwe party.

Speaking to the media on Monday evening at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula said former party leader Jacob Zuma is “actively impugning the integrity of the ANC” by campaigning to dislodge the organisation from power.

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ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula at the ANC NEC media briefing on 29 January 2024 in Boksburg, Gauteng. (Photo: Gallo Images / OJ Koloti)

Mbalula said the NEC invoked Rule 25.60 of the party’s constitution to suspend Zuma. He said the rule did not allow him the opportunity to respond to the decision as it was final.

Mbalula said the decision had been made on Sunday evening and ratified by the NEC on Monday morning.

He said that the decision was unanimous and that it had not been a “contentious issue” as even those once aligned with Zuma agreed that he had crossed the line.

Since December 2023, Zuma has campaigned for the newly formed uMkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party while claiming he would remain an ANC member.

“The NEC concluded that exceptional circumstances exist to justify and warrant an immediate decision to suspend former ANC President JG Zuma.

“The formation of the MK party is not an accident. It is a deliberate attempt to use the proud history of armed struggle against the apartheid regime to lend credibility to what is a blatantly counter-revolutionary agenda.

“It was the sacred ground rule of Umkhonto weSizwe, the glorious people’s army which all its members were taught, that this army was established to advance the political goals of the ANC. It implemented what the ANC NEC instructed it to do,” said Mbalula.

While announcing his support for the newly formed MK party, details of which are scant, Zuma accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of being an agent of “white monopoly capital” and of being against the progress of black professionals and intellectuals.

“I cannot, and will not, campaign for the ANC of Ramaphosa,” he said.

Meanwhile, the ANC has raised its concerns about the use of the name of the organisation’s disbanded paramilitary wing, Umkhonto weSizwe.

The ruling party is challenging the new party in court, declaring that the name belongs to the ANC. DM


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  • Jucy Malema says:

    This is beautiful

  • Johan Buys says:

    This counter-revolutionary thing – how does it work? The ANC apparently is still, 30y later, busy with a revolution.

    While it is hard to classify left right center, we know that the FF+ and the not MK party are against the revolution. Does this make the ANC a centrist party?

    • Cameron murie says:

      The ANC are leftist, right, in the Extreme Center. Usually. It’s Counter-revolutionary to think of them as confused, adrift, or even without a rudder.
      But seriously, what they are relying on, have been for at least a decade, is that Voters will keep them in office as they will vote reflexively, out of habit and tradition. But any fool can see it’s a losing strategy. For the life of me I can not see what they offer to a Young Country except for stale old news and of course the legacy, Reputations of good old men long dead. For the most part, disgraceful.

    • Marc G says:

      same thought. the counter revolutionary party’s counter revolutionary is what???? idk.

  • Fanie Rajesh Ngabiso says:

    “Suspend” is not the same as “Expel”.

    The ANC is clearly running scared.

    …interesting times.

  • Jp Rome says:

    There goes “the most disciplined member if the anc” …finally got rid of one of its MANY intelectual dwarfs

  • Deon Schoeman says:

    At last a small sign of balls by the nec ….

  • Peter Slingsby says:

    When thieves fall out …

  • Dee Bee says:

    Gutless. Utterly, sleazily gutless. Why not kick him out completely? Why? Because of all the not-so-smallanyana-skeletons that will come leaping out of the closet, plunging the ANC into greater chaos than it is already in.

  • Dave Hansen says:

    They should gave rid themselves of the corrupt Zuma long ago! I cant wait for all the secrets and skeletons to be exposed! Yes a weak way if doing it- should have simply been expelled!

  • JDW 2023 says:

    Why a suspension and not an expulsion?

  • BILLIE DAVID says:

    Good day,
    I work at a residential facility on the corner of Oxford and West streets, Ferndale, Randburg.
    The pothole on the photo has been caused by a mains water leak collecting at this traffic light. I started working for the company more than a year ago, and the attempts by my employer to get the water leak fixed and the pothole repaired remains unattended.
    The pothole is now so big that vehicles using the lane where the pothole is must of necessity swerve into the other lane. I nearly had a serious accident as I turned from Oxford into West Street, narrowly missing a massive collision with a delivery vehicle.
    I reported it (again) to COJ – my reference number is 8006253944 and was assured that the matter would be attended with 24 hours. That was Wednesday 24 January – today is Tuesday 30 January.
    I have been witnessing the drama unfolding for months, and it is just a matter of time before a serious accident is going to happen, or an innocent pedestrian will get driven over as a vehicle tries to avoid breaking and axle or tyre in the huge pothole.
    For a council who is always facing water issues, why on earth have they done nothing about the water leak? Millions of liters of water is lost every day as the constant stream of water continues to deepen and widen the already massive pothole.

    • Dee Bee says:

      They’ve done nothing because they don’t care and have blown the budget on Panyaza Lesufi’s populist rent-a-vote rubbish. It will absolutely require a death or disaster for the photo-op popgun populists to rush to the scene – and then probably blame foreigners for the pothole.

  • Since when was a suspension ever final? Suspension until after the elections? Then what? Why not expulsion? Not that I really care… this whole debacle is just a rather confusing comedy scene towards the end of the sad story of the ANC, the once great.. oh please, liberat. Oh I give up 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Michael Ash says:

    According to the ANC Oath and breach terms, pretty much every member of the executive needs to be suspended or expelled – they have all breached the Oath numerous times!

  • Truth Hurts says:

    Any Anc implosion is welcomed in my books! For 30 years, the Anc has been a curse to ordinary South Africans! Our standard of living has denigrated significantly! Crime, corruption, poverty, malfeasance, etc has become a norm. On the other hand, its leaders have become multi millionaires! Others using their sofas to “bank” millions in foreign currency! Sadly, Zuma can preach some reforms he will bring when elected into office, but we are not that short minded to remember that he is the one who accelerated the mess we are in! Him playing victim doesn’t bode well with me. But if his minions can bring the Anc, or help to bring the Anc to less than 50% of the electoral vote, it will be good. I personally will not be voting for the Anc, or the Anc lite MK party! South Africa deserves better!

  • Phillip O'connor says:

    Why was he suspended, not terminated. Can this be for things he may expose with regard members of the ANC. I am just asking the question. Do I like Zuma, must say I never have and never will. He is what he is, and whatever I say will not change him.

  • mike van wyk says:

    The only way to truly ‘liberate’ oneself is through hard work and cooperation with others likeminded. No political party can ‘liberate’ anyone. No ownership of land can liberate you without the application of hard work and knowledge. It is easy to point a finger at so-called colonialists and claim they are oppressors. However when you point a finger there’s three fingers pointing back at you! Rather ask the difficult questions about your own history and how that prepared you for the future. There is a fundamental natural law; which is that human development waits for no one – it does not hesitate, beckon and plead with stragglers to keep up the pace. No, it marches on mercilessly, unperturbed at anyone dropping out. While Europe strived for development the past 1000 years, Africa literally stood still – largely undeveloped excluding Northern Africa. Not a road, no cathedrals, no monuments, no canals, no wheel, no use of steam, no development of metals beyond the spear, no schools, no universities. Just about everything that exists in Africa today connected with modernity, is due to European intervention. Development is either driven from within or enforced from outside. Part of human development was human migration.

  • rcollins says:


  • H K says:

    “He said that the decision was unanimous and that it had not been a “contentious issue” as even those once aligned with Zuma agreed that he had crossed the line.

    “Once aligned” speaks volumes- spineless does not even come close.

    Fontal lobotomies might be more apt- what little is rattling around in their cranial voids is of no use to anyone, including themselves.

    “He said that the decision was unanimous and that it had not been a “contentious issue” as even those once aligned with Zuma agreed that he had crossed the line.”

  • the ANC has officially split…buckle your seats everyone, now the fight starts for the resources to RET or stay in ANC

  • Susan Dey says:

    While we don’t have any idea what sort of support this new MK party has, from what I’ve seen on social media, it appears very militant in nature from the sampling of rhetoric I’ve come across. And it’s attracting the “youth”. Another Malema-styled party but dressed in black. What we can be sure of is that it is likely to dissipate the already waning support for the ANC in the upcoming elections.

  • Middle aged Mike says:

    This would be so much funnier if I could watch it from a foreign country. What an embarrassing and stereotypical post liberation basket case we are.

  • Peter Oosthuizen says:

    Pity they didn’t have the balls to terminate his membership – still desperately in need of votes for KZN

    • Middle aged Mike says:

      It seems like fairly typical anc can kickery. I hope that their perception is that their house is so rotten and decrepit that they fear to slam any doors to hard lest it fall down around them.

  • Kevin Venter says:

    Thats about the same as suspending a school pupil for choosing to drop out of school. What a useless waste of time and effort.

  • Lisbeth Scalabrini says:

    “the decision was unanimous and it had not been a “contentious issue” as even those once aligned with Zuma agreed that he had crossed the line.”
    It was unanimous to suspend him! Surely some would not hear about “expelling” him so they agreed on “suspending”😏

  • Norman Sander says:

    Took them long enough. Which, once again, undermines their credibility.

  • Andrew Paul says:

    The ANC should have acted against Jacob Zuma earlier. Better late then never.

  • Just Me says:

    After protecting Zuma (very much as one of theirs) the ANC now, very late in the corruptions takes day, wants to distance themselves from him.

    The ANC is Zuma and Zuma is the ANC. Both highly corrupt and inept.

  • Charl Taljaardt says:

    The old adage “there is no honour among thieves” still rings true.

  • sithirelax says:

    What goes around comes back around and a men brace up for a bitter pill. It’s quite unfortunate that others traits are innate. Leaders must accept when the reign comes to an end and look for the role to play to remain a significant cog to the machinery. It’s mistaken to think of one as capable of influencing everyone to their lost course. To pity one doesn’t make one’s ideologies relevant and indispensable.The former President T Mbeki showed us leadership.

  • from My point of view,is He planning to do what Trump did,or just another African Coup

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