Thabo Mbeki Backs ANC’s Choice for Zuma Disciplinary Hearing

Former President Thabo Mbeki has stated that the African National Congress (ANC) intends to bring his successor Jacob Zuma to the ANC’s disciplinary committee due to his steadfast support for his new party, the MK Party.

“I think it’s a correct procedure for the ANC to take, I think it’s important that it must stick to its own rules and constitution,” he was quoted as saying.

Zuma has been summoned to appear before the ANC’s disciplinary committee on Tuesday at Luthuli House, the organisation’s headquarters in Johannesburg.

Zuma was suspended in January for breaking rule 25.60 of the ANC’s constitution after publicly announcing on December 16 that he would not vote or advocate for the ruling party, but would instead support the MK Party in the 2024 election.

Mbeki spoke on the party’s campaign route in Soshanguve, Pretoria, on Friday. During his campaign, he paid visits to three homes of local ANC stalwarts.

Among the stalwarts were the homes of Mme Angie Mlilwane, Mme Elizabeth Matsimela, and Tlou Cholo.

Mbeki claimed Zuma’s support for the MK Party reflected the ANC’s lack of discipline.

“Clearly, he committed an act of ill-discipline, and he should go before the disciplinary committee. “I believe that is correct,” he stated.

The “defiant” Zuma is now the MK Party’s leader and spokesperson.

Meanwhile, former deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe joined the ANC’s campaign trail on Friday. He campaigned in Soweto, joined by Panyaza Lesufi, the Gauteng ANC chairperson.

Montlanthe is one of the veterans who the ANC has unleashed to bolster their cases.

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