South Africa’s ruling party expels former president Zuma for backing a rival party

07/08/2021 JOHANNESBURG, July 8, 2021 — Former South African President Jacob Zuma attends a press conference at his home in Nkandla, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, July 4, 2021. The police said on July 7, 2021 that Jacob Zuma surrendered himself to the police late Wednesday night. POLITICS Europa Press/Contact/Yeshiel

The party that governs South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC), has decreed the immediate expulsion of former president Jacob Zuma after he finished breaking ranks with the current president, Cyril Rampahosa, and announced in December not only that he would not support his historic formation but would campaign for the uMkhonto WeSizwe split. The ANC executive committee determined this Monday that, in the case of Zuma, there are “exceptional circumstances” that justify his immediate suspension of militancy, despite the fact that the president insisted that he wanted to continue being part of the party that during the last For three decades he has dominated South African politics. The ANC considers that there are “forces opposed to the transformation” that aspire to divide the party and places Zuma as the “leader of the counterrevolution” after his political positioning. “The former president (…) is actively contesting the integrity of the ANC and campaigning to expel the ANC from power, despite the fact that he has not left his militancy,” reads the statement released at the end of the executive committee meeting. . For the party board, this position clashes with the “spirit of organizational discipline”, so there is no other response than expulsion: “The chain of events requires that the organization invoke measures with which to protect and preserve its integrity and prevent future damage to their reputation. Zuma, who resigned in 2018 besieged by a battery of scandals, has again asked for the vote this weekend for uMkhonto WeSizwe, a new formation that has recovered the name of the former armed wing of the ANC during the fight against Apartheid. The former president, 81, has harshly criticized his successor, accusing him of not addressing the crises the country is going through, such as the energy crisis.

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