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KZN rebels ready to boot out Ramaphosa for Zweli Mkhize

The ANC factional wars seem to be taking a new twist after it emerged that members of the KZN region are embracing change. 

According to an article in the Citizen newspaper, the party members want Cyril Ramaphosa gone.

They have been touted as rebels because they allegedly want to replace him with ousted former health minister Zweli Mkhize.

Mkhize has not been shy to express his desires to become the ANC president. 

He told guests at his sons wedding that he would be interested in leasing their country. 

Further, Ramaphosa himself was aware KZN was out of reach, hence he has been amassing support in the other provinces, particularly the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.

The experts said Ramaphosa could not rely on the untested backing of KZN premier Sihle Zikalala. Zikalala has shown some sympathy for him, but commentators said his support was uncertain and unreliable.

To add salt to Ramaphosa's campaign, some leaders from KZN visited former president Jacob Zuma this weekend. 

They sympathised with Zuma and expressed their dismay about the way he was removed from power.

Political economy analyst Dr Daniel Silke said KZN was predisposed against Ramaphosa. “There will be a preponderance of support against Ramaphosa in KZN by some branches in favour of an alternative candidate, potentially Zweli Mkhize or someone else,” Silke said.

Mkhize has already received support from some ANC veterans and military veterans. 

The former health minister was relieved of his duties after he was fingered in a Covid-19 corruption scandal.

But his stature as a leader is vastly felt in the ANC decide with analysts predicting supporters are torn between him and current president Ramaphosa.

The ANC elective conference is set to be held in December were the party is going to elect a leader. The selected leader will contest in the South African presidential elections.


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