The suspension of the former South African president comes on the eve of the country’s general elections.
The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s ruling party, has suspended former president Jacob Zuma, weeks after he supported another party ahead of this year’s general elections.
“Zuma and others whose conduct conflicts with our values and principles will find themselves excluded from the African National Congress,” ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula said on Monday.
The widely expected move will be seen as a further sign of disunity in the movement ahead of general elections, in which the long-dominant ANC is expected to lose ground.
Zuma was the fourth president of democratic South Africa, from 2009 to 2018, but he was strength from office under a cloud of corruption allegations, and he walked away from the party he once led.
In December, he declared he would campaign for a new party, uMkhonto We Sizwe (MK) or Spear of the Nation, named after the former armed wing of the ANC during the struggle against apartheid.
Mbalula said that in addition to suspending Zuma, the ANC could file a complaint with the electoral tribunal to have the new party deregistered and launch a trademark challenge to reclaim the name.
“The formation of the MK party is not an accident,” Mbalula said after a meeting with the party’s National Executive Committee, attended by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“This is a deliberate attempt to use the proud history of armed struggle against the apartheid regime to lend credibility to what is a blatantly counter-revolutionary agenda. »
According to information from the South African Broadcasting Corporation reportZuma has 48 hours to respond to the suspension.