The chances of former President Jacob Zuma and former Deputy President David Mabuza uniting against the ANC under the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party in Mpumalanga are slim – but even if they could join forces, it would pose no threat to the ruling party that dominates the country. province. Zuma is no match for the ANC in Mpumalanga That’s according to political analyst Goodenough Mashego, who said Zuma may still be liked by some in Mpumalanga, but he is not up to par. height of the ANC, to which the people of Mpumalanga are still loyal, rather than an individual. . Instead of affecting the ANC in…
The former president’s luck Jacob Zuma and former vice president David Mabuza unite against the ANC under the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) In Mpumalanga, the parties are few in number – but even if they could join forces, it would pose no threat to the ruling party that dominates the province.
Zuma is no match for the ANC in Mpumalanga
That’s according to political analyst Goodenough Mashego, who said Zuma may still be liked by some in Mpumalanga, but he is no match for the ANC, which locals in Mpumalanga are always loyal, rather than being an individual.
Instead of negatively affecting the ANC, a combination of Zuma and Mabuza would destroy both men rather than the ANC.
ANC strongholds of Mpumalanga and Limpopo
Another analyst, Professor Dirk Kotzé, said Mpumalanga and Limpopo were ANC strongholds and Zuma would struggle to win over those provinces to the ANC.
“The main reason he campaigned in Mpumalanga was to register his presence in the province to counter the ANC, which is celebrating its anniversary in (the province),” he said.
“Zuma thinks that people who are pro-ANC in the province are actually pro-himself.”
Mashego said Zuma’s attempt to target Mpumalanga as one of MK’s support bases was doomed to failure because it was the ANC that people liked rather than Zuma.
“Now that he has formed his own party, many ANC supporters will stay away from him,” he said.
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Zuma launched his election campaign last week in KwaZulu-Natal, followed by Mpumalanga, and will soon take his political charm offensive to the Eastern Cape.
“Yes, Zuma is loved in Mpumalanga, but people love the ANC more than him,” Mashego said.
“As ANC provincial chair Mandla Ndlovu said, Zuma not leaving the ANC but arriving in Mpumalanga has created a loyalty dilemma.
“This is Zuma’s ambiguity, but given his remarks against the ANC this weekend, one is tempted to say that he would be better off withdrawing completely outside rather than being an agent provocative within the ANC.”
Responding to rumors that Zuma could join forces with his former ally Mabuza, Mashego said the chances of him joining the MK party were low.
Mabuza’s influence in Mpumalanga has weakened
He said Mabuza’s influence in Mpumalanga had waned since he left the province to become deputy president of the ANC and SA.
Mashego said while Zuma hoped to attract Mabuza to his side in his bid to conquer Mpumalanga, he was expecting a huge disappointment as Mabuza was still loyal to the ANC despite being sidelined.
He would prefer to stay within the ANC – which is rumored to be considering redeploying him as an ambassador abroad – rather than try to find a new political home within MK. Even if Mabuza were to team up with Zuma and join MK, which was unlikely, this would pose no danger to the ANC.
“DD (Mabuza) is a spent force, he does not command any region or sub-region. He will be safer joining the EFF than this new group (MK) whose members do not need to leave their homes,” Mashego said.
“The MK party is not a home where DD will find comfort; It’s a lodge I don’t see him openly associating with.
Doubts over Mabuza joining MK
Kotzé said that while he could not rule it out completely, there were doubts whether Mabuza would join MK as it was going to become a small opposition party with fewer resources.
“It would be difficult to be a representative of this party, politics is no longer about principles and ideas but about opportunities,” he said.
“If I support leader X, I have to ask myself: “Will this person and his party give me a job or a contract? If you’re a small party you can’t do that, it’s a tough fight for those small parties.”
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