Jacob Zuma loyalists in KwaZulu-Natal are reportedly plotting a campaign to oust President Cyril Ramaphosa as party leader.
According to the Sunday Times, the disgruntled party members also considering splitting their votes in the coming elections — voting for the ANC in the province but giving their national ballots to a political party sympathetic to their cause should their plan to remove Ramaphosa fail.
Insiders told the paper that the Zuma backers were pondering working with Andile Mngxitama’s Black First Land First ahead of the general election as part of a plan to punish Ramaphosa for Zuma’s removal from office.
Speculation is rife in the province that the Zuma grouping was even considering mobilising its members and supporters not to vote for the ANC on the national ballot next year to spite Ramaphosa.
ANC national working committee member and former KwaZulu-Natal chairman Senzo Mchunu said the ruling party was aware of plan.
“We’re aware . . . for now we’re calling it a rumour,” said Mchunu.
[Source: The Sunday Times]