Zuma suspended ‘to prevent further damage to ANC’s image’

The ruling party’s national executive committee has suspended the former ANC president with immediate effect.

After weeks of what analysts described as former president Jacob Zuma’s condescending attitude towards the ANC leadership, the ruling party has finally taken action.

In December, Zuma irked the organisation’s leaders when he announced that he would be campaigning for a rival party in the upcoming polls.

The ANC national leadership, which held a three-day national executive committee (NEC) meeting which closed on Sunday, on Monday announced that it has resolved to suspend Zuma — who despite aligning himself with the recently formed Mkhonto weSizwe party, maintained that he remained an ANC member.

In terms of the ANC disciplinary code, the ANC was supposed to follow processes — including serving Zuma with a notice informing him of the ruling party’s intention to suspend him.

However, given the damage that Zuma was causing to the image of the ANC, ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula said the ruling party’s NEC resolved to suspend the former ANC president with immediate effect as it regarded his case to be ‘exceptional’.

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