Mkhize's critics cite that he is using Zulu symbolism to launch his presidential campaign, and join other contenders for the challenge.
Cyril Ramaphosa's backers, said the trick to drag the Zulu symbolism as a stepping stone to contest for highest office is an old trick which no longer works.
They say that Zweli Mkhize has no national footprints, hence his campaign will hit a brick wall as the Zulu people are not the only ones who are going to vote for him.
"I see Zweli is trying the Zuma playbook. Using Zulu symbolism to try launch a presidential campaign in the ANC.
That playbook is old and won't play in 2022. Zweli has no national footprint and that is his major weakness, besides the corruption stench surrounding him," said Zweli Mkhize's opponents.
Some went further to argue that ANC leaders from Kwa-Zulu Natal province feel entitled to ANC leadership. They said if they feel they would like to rule South Africa forever, they should form their own party.
In 2017, Kwa-Zulu Natal province was backing Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who was also being supported by the Mpumalanga province and other branches in several provinces.
Unfortunately, David Mabuza switched sides, coercing his Mpumalanga support base to rally behind Cyril Ramaphosa, thereby defeating Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Mkhize's sympathisers however state that it is unfair that after he was endorsed by some Zulu traditional leaders to contest against Cyril, the former health minister is now being accused of playing by Zuma's handbook.
They said Mkhize is not perfect, but reducing his presidential campaign to merely tribal and push that narrative is wrong and serves as an agenda to depict that Mkhize is not qualified to be a national leader.
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