Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
8 Jul 2021
5:11 am

Zuma faction fast running out of road in the ANC

Eric Naki

A super highway has been opened for an all-out war between the Zuma faction and Luthuli House after the party moved to suspend Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association spin doctor Carl Niehaus

Carl Niehaus on day 2 of former President Jacob Zuma's testimony at the State Capture Commission in Parktown, 16 July 2019. Picture Neil McCartney

The indications are it will antagonise the Zuma faction and raise the tempo in their fightback. The move came a day after party acting secretary-general Jessie Duarte accused the radical economic transformation (RET) grouping, of which Niehaus is a champion, of stealing the ANC’s policy concept and misusing it to pursue a factional political agenda. Niehaus was put on ice for making “incendiary speeches”, including outside Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. Disciplinary action is now hanging over his head as Duarte, who wrote the suspension letter, said the party intended to institute disciplinary charges against him. Yesterday, Niehaus confirmed his suspension...