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South Africa’s ANC suspends Ex-Prez Jacob Zuma

SA: Constitutional Court directs parties in Zuma's case to file responses
Former South African president Jacob Zuma removes his eyeglasses as he addresses the media in his home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal on July 4, 2021. - South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma, ordered to surrender himself to start a 15-month jail term for contempt, said on July 4, 2021, he would not be doing so by the court-set deadline. "No need for me to go to jail today," he told journalists at his Nkandla homestead in Kwa-Zulu Natal province, where hundreds of his supporters are camped outside in solidarity. (Photo by Emmanuel Croset / AFP) (Photo by EMMANUEL CROSET/AFP via Getty Images)

South Africa’s ANC suspends Ex-Prez Jacob Zuma

Former President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has been suspended by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) after endorsing another party in the upcoming general election. The ANC Secretary-General, Fikile Mbalula, stated that those whose actions conflict with the party’s values will be expelled. This move is seen as a demonstration of further division within the party before the election, during which the ANC is projected to lose support. Zuma, who served as South Africa’s fourth president from 2009 to 2018, was forced to resign amidst corruption allegations and has since distanced himself from the ANC.

In December, he announced his intention to campaign for a new party called uMkhonto We Sizwe (MK) or Spear of the Nation, named after the ANC’s former armed wing during the anti-apartheid struggle. Mbalula also mentioned the possibility of lodging complaints with the electoral court to deregister the new party and reclaim the name through a trademark challenge.

Zuma has been given 48 hours to respond to his suspension, according to a report by the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

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