South Africa's Zuma tackles dissent in recently formed MK party ahead of elections

Former South African President Jacob Zuma is facing an attempt to oust him from leadership positions in the party he recently joined, state broadcaster SABC reported. The move comes three weeks before South Africa's general elections.

After becoming the new face of the opposition party, Jacob Zuma recently fell out with the founder of the uMkhonto we Sizwe party (MK), Jabulani Khumalo, and ousted him from the party.

Now, Khumalo has hit back by writing to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) saying Zuma was not the rightful leader for MK and that his face should not appear on ballot papers, SABC reported.

The MK, as in the "Spear of the Nation" party in Zulu, is a new small radical political group, founded in December 2023 for the upcoming 29 May general elections, on the left side of the spectrum.

Zuma has been the registered leader of MK since 10 April.

A spokesperson for MK confirmed that Zuma was indeed the party's president and that Khumalo had been expelled.

However, after Khumalo wrote to the electoral commission it replied that it did not wish to involve itself in internal party disputes.

Young party, new dispute

Jacob Zuma announced in December he would not vote for the ruling African National Congress (ANC), his longtime party, in the 29 May elections, but for the new party MK, showing his open hostility to his successor President Cyril Ramaphosa.

MK is named after the ANC's former armed wing in the apartheid era.

(with Reuters)

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