Edward Zuma Loses Msholozi Branch Election: President Jacob Zuma’s eldest son’s bid to lead the Msholozi branch in KwaNxamalala village, in Nkandla, was thwarted during the weekend after he failed to secure enough votes.
We don’t want to believe that Zuma’s nemesis is gradually catching up with his son’s political career too – although Edward has his issues too.
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Edward was not only ditched during the elections, he also failed to make the cut as an additional member of the branch leadership.
In the national political sphere, President Zuma’s son is a well-known supporter of his father. Severally, he made headlines for engaging in a word war with ANC veterans who spoke out against his father’s continuous leadership and scandal-plagued government.
3 Facts You Should Know About The Recent Msholozi Branch Election
- ANC Member Doctor Bhengu Defeated Edward Zuma In The Election: Bhengu defeated Zuma ‘s son in the hot-contested election by a large majority of votes.
- Edward Zuma Allegedly Lied About His Defeat: After the election was concluded, Edward, when contacted, told reporters that the election didn’t hold.
He also denied that he lost to Doctor Bhengu. However, his claims were refuted by Regional secretary Tholi Gwala, who confirmed that he was defeated.
Gwala said: “No, he is lying. The branch meeting took place and he did not make it as chairperson. He also did not make it as an additional member of the branch. I was there.”
Zuma had earlier told reporters: “The meeting did sit but it was postponed. We are still awaiting the date from the region.”
One of Zuma’s supporters who begged not to be named also confirmed that the meeting took place.
“The meeting took place but we are not happy with how the process unfolded, it was flawed. We are going to contest the outcome of the meeting because Edward’s supporters were not allowed inside the school where the meeting was held,” he said.
- 153 Out of 240 members Of The Branch Participated In The Voting
Voting was conducted by raising of hands. Of the 240 members, 153 participated with the majority giving Edward Zuma the boot.
The Msholozi branch first held a meeting to the new leadership of the branch on April 9, but the meeting took the violent path after Edward’s and Bhengu’s supporters clashed.
Following his defeat, Zuma remains an ordinary member until the branch holds its next leadership election