We've got news for you.

Register on HeraldLIVE at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now
Politics Editors Choice

ANC suspends Jacob Zuma’s membership

Former president Jacob Zuma. File photo
Former president Jacob Zuma. File photo
Image: Thapelo Morebudi

The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) has decided to “summarily suspend Jacob Zuma as a member”.  

According to NEC sources, the meeting opted for going “the long route” of taking Zuma through a disciplinary process instead of immediate expulsion.   

This after Zuma is said to have contravened the ANC constitution, which states any person who joins or supports any organisation or party other than the ANC or its alliance partners Cosatu, the SACP and Sanco, or any other organisation whose aims, policies and objectives are contrary to the ANC.

“We pulled the trigger but we didn’t empty the chamber,” said one NEC member.   

According to NEC sources, Zuma was guilty of this and will be hauled to the party’s disciplinary committee.

This was because the party opted to go the disciplinary action route, which could take time.  

The source did not say when the disciplinary hearing will commence but was adamant it has to take place.   

Zuma is said to have contravened the ANC constitution by publicly announcing he will campaign and vote for the newly establish MK party.   

In his endorsing of the MK party, Zuma said he could not support the “ANC of [Cyril] Ramaphosa”.   

The debate on Zuma’s fate is said to have gripped the NEC meeting which is believed to have heard views of members calling for his immediate removal, while others argued this will only make him stronger as he will use the victimhood mentality.   

Those against are said to have argued it would not be wise to suspend or expel Zuma on the eve of elections. However, those who pushed for Zuma's suspension and expulsion are said to have argued that not taking action against him will send a message that the ANC is afraid of Zuma.  

The ANC is expected to announce the decision to “summarily suspend” Zuma’s party membership soon. 



Would you like to comment on this article?
Register (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.