Division In ANC: Edward Zuma’s Branch Chairmanship Bid Thwarted


Edward Zuma’s Branch Chairmanship Bid Thwarted: There was an outbreak of fisticuffs last Sunday between the supporters of President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward Zuma and supporters of his political rival over the position of branch chairperson of the ANC’s Msholozi branch in the KwaNxamalala village in Nkandla.

The brawl started when Zuma tried to raise an objection because the name of one of his supporters was eliminated on the voters’ roll. But supporters of his rival, Doctor Bengu, reportedly prevented from raising his objection by drowned him out with chants.

In a bid to fight back, Zuma’s supporters began singing derogatory songs about Bhengu’s supporters. It was at this point that the fight broke out – nobody sustained injury or wound.

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According to Independent Online (IOL), the branch general meeting was subsequently cancelled as a result of the chaos, thwarting Edward Zuma’s bid to win the chairmanship position.

The meeting, attended by more than 300 ANC members, was later postponed to April 30.

President Zuma’s son is a member of Msholozi branch and qualifies to stand for any position in the branch since he is good standing.

Msholozi branch only deployed one candidate to the national elective conference and if he sure wins, it will be a plus for any female ANC presidential aspirant. He had earlier announced that he prefers a woman president.

Edward is known to be his father’s biggest and most vocal supporters. Severally, he has been caught in a square off with his father’s critics, including some ANC big shots and veterans.

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Recently, he launched a scathing attack on ANC veteran Matthews Phosa asking President Zuma to step down for disgracing ruling party. He accused Phosa of painting ANC leadership badly and desiring to “service his long time master (Johann Rupert ) who he presented with farms in the province of Mpumalanga when again he was at the helm.”

Last week, he picked on ANC former leader Motlanthe Kgalema and other politicians who used stalwart Ahmed Kathrada’s funeral to condemn his father, describing their calls as “cheap politics”.