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Monday, 01 July 2024 18:16

ANC summons Zuma after MK Party steals their thunder.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The African National Congress (ANC) has set the 17th July for the disciplinary hearing of its suspended former president, Jacob Zuma.

Zuma was suspended by the ANC in January following his decision to throw his weight behind the MK party ahead of the elections.

He was expected to face the disciplinary hearing in May this year for contravening party rules.

However, the hearing could not be held at the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters due to security concerns, with MK party members threatening to march to the building in the Johannesburg CBD.

The hearing will now be heard virtually.

Even though Zuma said he would not campaign or vote for the ANC, the former president said he had no plans to resign from the party.

His ANC membership has not been terminated.

The ANC's National Disciplinary Committee has charged Zuma with two counts of misconduct.

Zuma is accused of contravening the ANC constitution after he publicly endorsed the MK party in December and for appearing on the candidate list for the MK party in this year's election.

If he is found guilty, he will become the first ANC president in history to be expelled from the party for misconduct.

The MK Party garnered almost 15% of the national vote. This contributed significantly towards reducing the ANC's majority to 40.2%. For the first time since it came to power in 1994, the ANC got less than 50% of votes in the national polls.

The MK Party also displaced the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) from its position as the third-largest political party. It's now trailing with 9.44%.

In KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the MK Party leads with 45.32% of the provincial vote, making it a major party in Zuma's home province. With only 17% of the provincial vote, the ANC has been consigned to the third spot. 

This is despite dispatching its bigwigs to the province, such as former president Thabo Mbeki, to counter the MK Party. The ANC lost KZN to the MK Party in a big way.

In Mpumalanga, the ANC survived by a whisker. It got 51.0% of the provincial vote, while the MK Party became the second-largest party with 17.1%.