Zuma left the ANC ‘in a mess’ – Mbalula tells supporters.

Zuma left the ANC ‘in a mess’ – Mbalula tells supporters. Image: X/@MbalulaFikile.

Mbalula informs supporters: Zuma’s ANC tenure left party in a mess

Mbalula strongly criticised Zuma and his MK Party, saying that the ANC would never succumb to the influence of a “dishonest individual”.

Zuma left the ANC ‘in a mess’ – Mbalula tells supporters.

Zuma left the ANC ‘in a mess’ – Mbalula tells supporters. Image: X/@MbalulaFikile.

With national and provincial elections looming just a week away, Fikile Mbalula, the African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general, addressed supporters in the Eastern Cape, asserting that former President Jacob Zuma departed, leaving the ruling party entangled in a state of disarray.

Mbalula says Zuma left ANC in a mess

This past Sunday, Mbalula spoke to ANC supporters during a rally held in Mlungisi, Komani, situated in the Eastern Cape.

 The upcoming elections, scheduled for 29 May, are anticipated to be the most fiercely contested since the dawn of democracy 30 years ago.

Mbalula strongly criticised Zuma and his uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party, asserting that the ANC would not be undermined by a “dishonest individual” who squandered a nine-year leadership opportunity.

“He never did what the ANC instructed him to do, instead he left us in a mess…When we decided to recall him, he asked for reasons, yet he knew why. Why was the ANC going to keep someone who was facing criminal charges?

“Now, he says it is Ramaphosa [who decided he be recalled], yet he brought us Ramaphosa, who was busy with his businesses,” Mbalula said.

According to The Citizen, the Constitutional Court is set to rule on Zuma’s eligibility to serve in Parliament as an MP for the MK party following his 15-month sentence for contempt of court. 

 This decision has significant implications, with observers concerned about potential violent unrest if the ruling goes against the former president.

In a social media update, the court announced it would deliver a verdict at 10:00 am regarding whether “Mr Zuma is disqualified from running as a candidate for the National Assembly.”

Earlier this month, the Constitutional Court considered the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) request for permission to appeal a judgment from the Electoral Court. 

The 9 April ruling overturned the commission’s initial decision to disqualify Zuma from running for public office as a candidate of the MK party.

On Thursday, the Pietermaritzburg High Court scheduled the commencement of former president Jacob Zuma’s arms deal trial for 14 April.

Zuma is facing multiple charges, including fraud, corruption, and money laundering, linked to the arms procurement agreements finalised in the 1990s during his tenure as a senior member of the ANC national leadership.

According to The Witness, Zuma’s trial was initially scheduled to begin in 2021 but faced delays primarily due to the former president’s health issues, among other factors.

Mthunzi Mhaga, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), expressed satisfaction with the court’s decision to establish a start date for the trial.

“We are relieved that finally the second and third terms have been reserved by the Judge President for the matter to proceed to trial on the 14th of April.

“We are hoping that there won’t be any hurdles that would have to be navigated,” he said.