Mziwoxolo Edward Zuma Tipped For Top Position: The race towards the election of a new president of the African National Congress (ANC) has dominated South African politics in recent time.
And of course, the main question facing the country since this year has been who would succeed President Jacob Zuma during the much-anticipated ANC elective conference, scheduled to hold in December.
For now, there are strong indications that the playing field on which this battle would be contested favours pro-Zuma cadres – who have been vocal about their support for Zuma’s ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Dlamini-Zuma is a household name in African politics. She also enjoys the support of the ‘Premier League’ – a group formed by premiers of North West, Free State, and Mpumalanga – as well as the majority of the ANC members in KwaZulu-Natal.
However, the former AU chairperson will definitely not be having a smooth ride, as her closest rival – Cyril Ramaphosa – is gaining grounds among some ANC factional groups, a majority of trade unions and scores of working class people.
With eight months to go to the national conference, a good number of senior ANC leaders have continued to either raise their hands or respond to approaches from party structures, egging them on for the top post.
The proliferation of factions within many ANC structures has given birth to many candidates, namely; Dlamini-Zuma, Ramaphosa, Baleka Mbete, Zweli Mhkize, Lindiwe Sisulu, Jeff Radebe, David Mabuza, Tito Mboweni, Senzo Mchunu Nathi Mthethwa, Mathews Phosa and Gwede Mantashe.
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Despite proactive approach by the aforementioned ‘perceived’ contenders, Zuma’s arch enemy and EFF leader Julius Malema, on Friday, weighed in on the much-anticipated/crucial elective conference.
Speaking at the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court on Friday, after his ‘land grabs’ case was postponed to October 13, the big-mouthed leader claimed Zuma had drawn a 20-year plan for South Africa.
According to the chief fighter, the so-called plan was designed in such a way that his 783 charges would be swept under the carpet.
Zuma planned to reinstate his ex-wife as ANC president at the end of his term and then his son Mziwoxolo Edward Zuma as Dlamini-Zuma’s successor.
He alleged: “Let me tell you, Zuma planned 10 years ago that Nkosazana [Dlamini-Zuma] will be president of the ANC. Then, it will be Mziwoxolo Edward Zuma 10 years after. We must fight this, to avoid South Africa from being a monarchy.”
Malema buttressed his assertions by making reference Edward’s thwarted leadership position at ANC Nkandla branch last month.
Last month, BuzzSouthAfrica reported that Zuma’s branch chairmanship bid at ANC’s Msholozi branch in the KwaNxamalala village hit the bottom rock after an outbreak of fisticuffs between his supporters and supporters of his political rival.
The general meeting, which was attended by more than 300 ANC members was subsequently cancelled as a result of the chaos.
Tearing into President Jacob Zuma and white monopoly capital outside the court, Malema described Zuma as an ‘irritation’ and not a problem, adding that the ANC is in the business of doing everything to please white people.