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Sunday, 31 March 2024 16:48

ANC to deploy uMkhonto weSizwe war veterans in KZN.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The African National Congress (ANC) is deeply concerned about the threat posed by the Mkhonto weSizwe Party (MKP), particularly in KwaZulu-Natal.

The emergence of the MKP, led by former president Jacob Zuma, has intensified the political landscape, potentially impacting the ANC’s long-standing dominance.

If the MK party survives the legal challenge to keep its leader off the ballot, the party is expected to make the elections the most pivotal since the dawn of democracy and the end of apartheid.

According to City Press, the ANC will deploy uMkhonto weSizwe war veterans to the campaign trail to counter the MK Party threat in KZN.

The ANC convened a special meeting with the provincial top five last Monday to strategise and map the way forward.

The governing party is said to be worried about its support in that province, following the establishment of the MK party and the recent resurgence of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) through numerous by-election wins, among other factors.

The meeting of the high-ranking officials, including the party's top seven officials, took place as the ANC lost a case to prevent the MKP from participating in the forthcoming elections.

Several national executive committee (NEC) members said the fear was that losing KwaZulu-Natal would have a negative effect on the planned outright majority that the party hoped to retain nationally.

A source who spoke to the paper said: "KwaZulu-Natal is the biggest voting bloc and we can't afford to lose it, because that would spell danger for the party."

Zuma is number one on the list of his party. Jabulani Khumalo, who registered the party last year, is number two on the list.

He has been talking about getting two-thirds in the elections, but opinion polls have put the African National Congress (ANC) at below 50%.

The test for the party would not lie in the national elections on May 29.

There are currently 14 parties represented in Parliament. The outcome of the elections may determine a new chapter in Parliament.