KwaZulu-Natal: Zuma’s MK party can host ANC

Henry

A poll by the Social Research Foundation shows (probably to the ANC’s horror) that the ANC gives almost half of its support in KwaZulu-Natal to ex-pres. Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party can step down.

This newly registered political party’s support in KwaZulu-Natal currently stands at 24%.

This while the ANC’s support in this province tumbled from 54% in 2019 to 25%.

Gabriel Makin, a fellow at the Social Research Foundation, says the ANC’s support in KwaZulu-Natal was still at 41% in September last year as far as the provincial ballot is concerned.

He attributes the decline entirely to the MK party’s emergence.

Makin told RNews on Tuesday morning that the latest figures are enough to make any ANC strategist tremble as they indicate that the MK party may become either the largest party in KwaZulu-Natal or the official opposition in the province. .

According to Makin, it is also almost guaranteed that the party will enjoy representation in the General Assembly.

“If you get 25% in KwaZulu-Natal, you get 5% nationally, and you get 20 seats in the National Assembly.”

However, Makin does not believe that the MK party is going to make a dent in any other provinces as far as the provincial ballot is concerned.

“Zuma is the most popular political figure in KwaZulu-Natal, but his popularity has fallen nationally. He is now as popular as Julius Malema.”

According to the Social Research Foundation, Zuma’s so-called favorability score stands at 28.9% among all registered voters at national level and 63.1% among all registered voters in KwaZulu-Natal.

‘Zuma is stealing ANC’s legacy’

Kedibone Phago, director of the North-West University’s (NWU) School of Government Studies, meanwhile said Zuma is “stealing the ANC’s legacy.”

According to Phago, Zuma’s ability to recruit voters at grassroots level is his strong point. He therefore believes it is an almost futile attempt to try to stifle the former president’s influence in the countryside of KwaZulu-Natal.

“Zuma has always found a way to present himself as someone who understands grassroots needs and he knows how to maneuver politically in that sector. You can’t beat him there, so don’t even try.”

However, Phago says that the use of the name uMkhonto weSizwe is to a large extent unethical of Zuma.

“This is part of the ANC’s heritage. uMkhonto weSizwe was disbanded when the new inclusive South African National Army was established, and uMkhonto weSizwe is part of the past. The name already fuels fears of ethnic violence in KwaZula-Natal, which was so common in the run-up to the 1994 elections.

“This shows once again that Zuma has no regard for the rules and the morals that we as a society adhere to. He is tarnishing the ANC’s legacy, and the ANC must pay attention to that. They have to stand up and ask, ‘How do we protect our roots and our legacy from someone stealing it.'”

Phago says the ANC should pay attention to what is happening and learn some valuable lessons.

“They should ask if there are currently characters of Zuma’s ilk in their ranks who are doing the same, or who will do the same in the future. They should not protect people who do not serve the best interests of South Africa, because like Zuma it will come back to haunt them. The ANC should have a system that produces statesmen, not politicians.”