Former South African President Jacob Zuma has been dismissed from party membership by the country’s ruling African National Congress (ANC). This decision was taken against him in the context of forming a new party.
The announcement was made by the ANC on Monday. Zuma was a lifelong member of the group.
Zuma has announced that he will contest the country’s general election, likely to be held between May and August this year. For this, he formed a new ‘rebel’ group, Umkhunto We Siege (MK), called ‘Spear of the Nation’.
According to a BBC report, ANC Secretary General Fikile Mbalula said, “Zuma and others whose behavior is in conflict with our (party) values and principles will find themselves outside the ANC.”
Jacob Zuma was the President of South Africa from 2009 to 2018 for the ANC. He had to step down amid allegations of corruption and sluggish economic growth.
Jacob Zuma’s acquittal will create deep divisions within late anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s party (ANC). The ANC has ruled South Africa since 1994, ending apartheid under the leadership of Mandela.
Analysts say the ANC could lose its majority in parliament for the first time in this year’s elections. In 2021, the party performed abysmally in the municipal elections.
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