Eric Naki
Political Editor
2 minute read
5 Jul 2022
5:15 am

Zweli Mkhize the latest to jump on the ‘tribal’ bandwagon in KZN

Eric Naki

A political analyst said ethnicity played a central, but dangerous, role in KZN politics.

Former Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Gallo Images/Alet Pretorius

The use of Zulu-nationalism – a euphemism for tribalism – for leaders aspiring for senior political office has become a norm among ANC KwaZulu-Natal-based individuals. The latest to jump on the tribal bandwagon is Zweli Mkhize, who has not only been endorsed by Zulu amabutho as a candidate for the ANC presidency, he continues to ride on the Zulu nationalism – seemingly an attempt to boost his aspiration to become president. He recently appealed to Zulu-nationalism as part of his campaign, with the understanding that it’s a ticket to a climb to a top office in a province. KZN was...