spot_imgspot_img
Monday, June 17, 2024

SOUTH AFRICA’S RULING ANC SUSPENDS MEMBERSHIP OF EX-LEADER ZUMA

Date:

JOHANNESBURG, (REUTERS) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Monday it had suspended the membership of former president Jacob Zuma after he announced he would vote for another party in this year’s general election.
Zuma, whose nine years in office from 2009 were marked by corruption scandals and sluggish economic growth, said last month he would campaign for the new uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party in the vote, which is expected between May and August.
His suspension reflects deep-seated divisions in the party of liberation hero Nelson Mandela that has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid.
Analysts say this year’s election could see the ANC lose its parliamentary majority for the first time since 1994, after its worst result to date in municipal elections in 2021.
“The formation of the MK party is not an accident,” the ANC said in a statement. Forces were converging “to encourage rebel break-away groupings to erode the support base of the ANC,” it added.
Zuma’s suspension was necessary “to protect and preserve (the ANC’s) integrity and prevent further damage to its reputation,” the statement read.
There was no immediate comment from Zuma.
The MK party is named after the ANC’s former armed wing, in a challenge to the long-dominant movement.
Zuma has been at odds with the ANC’s leadership since he was forced to quit as party leader in 2018.
He has lashed out repeatedly against his successor, current President Cyril Ramaphosa, whose allies engineered Zuma’s ouster.
Zuma retains a loyal following, especially in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal.
His jailing in 2021, for defying a court order to give evidence at a corruption inquiry, triggered protests, looting and unrest the left more than 300 people dead.
smartnews
Smart News Liberia is an online news outlet and a product of Smart Media Group Inc. Our website, smartnewsliberia.com, covers a broad spectrum of news content. For inquiries or information, you can reach us at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or email us at smartnewsliberia@gmail.com or info@smartnewsliberia.com.

LATEST DEVELOPMENT

GONGLOE’S ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS UNDER SCRUTINY BY CIVIL SOCIETY ADVOCATE

MONROVIA – A recent speech by Cllr. Tiawan Saye...

ADDITIONAL REVELATIONS: SENATORS REPORTEDLY RECEIVED $15K EACH BEFORE CONTROVERSIAL RETREAT

MONROVIA – In a startling revelation, prominent activist Martin...

MARTIN KOLLIE RESIGNS FROM UP GOVERNMENT, CRITICIZES LEADERSHIP AND RETURNS TO CIVIL SOCIETY ADVOCACY

MONROVIA – Martin Kollie, a prominent advocate within Liberia's...

THE SENATE’S EXTRAVAGANCE AMID ECONOMIC DESPAIR

The recent Senate retreat in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County,...

LIBERIA’S LEGAL SYSTEM UNDER SIEGE: THE UNPUNISHED CRIMES OF MARIA LUYKEN

In October 2020, the Criminal Court ‘B’ at the...

COMMUNICATIONS MISHAP: A SIGNIFICANT EMBARRASSMENT TO THE PRESIDENCY

The recent debacle surrounding the Unity Party government's conflicting...

COMMENTARY

NO, SPEAKER KOFFA, I DISAGREE WITH THE DEFENSE OF LAWMAKERS

By Wondah L. Jah In a recent public statement, Grand...

COMMEMORATING THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY: A DEFINING MOMENT IN HISTORY

Eighty years ago, on June 6, 1944, the course...

THERE SHOULD BE NO BIG DEAL WHEN A GOVERNMENT DOES WHAT IT WAS ELECTED FOR…

A Patriot's Diary  With Ekena Nyankun Juahgbe-Droh Wesley  President Joseph Boakai's...

LATEST NEWS

Share post:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

OPINION

ELEVATING THE AG BIBLE COLLEGE TO A UNIVERSITY: A MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENT

By Jacob N.B. Parley After many years of successful preaching...

THE DILEMMA OF PRESIDENTIAL SUPREMACY IN LIBERIA: EXAMINING THE BALANCE OF POWER

By Dr. Clarence R. Pearson, Sr. Superior presidency is the...

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY IN UP-LED GOVERNMENT’S DEAL RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS

In a shocking and controversial move, the Unity Party...

THE PERILS OF PRAISE SINGING: HOW JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN LIBERIA

Journalists play a crucial role in holding public officials...

THE GALLERY

spot_imgspot_img

MORE ARTICLES

spot_imgspot_img

MORE NEWS

LATEST DEVELOPMENT NEWS

LATEST CRIME NEWS

Share via
Copy link