South Africa’s African National Congress has a National Executive meeting this weekend, which will be more than usually difficult for Jacob Zuma.
Zuma goes into the meeting of the committee facing an unprecedented level of opposition from within the African National Congress and its labor and communist supporters
South African President Jacob Zuma faces a key battle for his political survival this weekend when senior members of his ruling party say they’ll push for its decision-making national executive committee to order him to step down.
Zuma, 75, goes into the meeting of the committee facing an unprecedented level of opposition from within the African National Congress and its labor and communist supporters following a series of scandals he’s faced since he took office in 2009. His vice president, Cyril Ramaphosa, echoed the South African Council of Churches on Sunday by saying the nation is at risk of becoming a “mafia state.”
Adding to Zuma’s difficulties, is that the ANC has just endured a humiliating defeat in the Nqutu municipal by-elections yesterday, in the heart of Zuma’s KZN base . Ever since the August election produced an almost evenly split council, the ANC coalition was unremittingly obstructive, preventing even the election of mayor and speaker. The entire council was ultimately dissolved, and fresh elections held yesterday. The ANC retained only 3 wards on the new council (plus 8 more from the PR list). The IFP, with a total of 19, now have an absolute majority. When even his own hometown voters are deserting him, how much longer can he survive? It’s only a matter of time.