South Africa: What KwaZulu-Natal’s support for Zuma means for President Ramaphosa

By Carien du Plessis
Posted on Wednesday, 27 July 2022 19:24

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa, left, after receiving the final report of a judicial investigation into corruption from Chief Justice Raymond Zondo at Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

The victory of South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma's supporters in the governing African National Congress (ANC) in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal could hardly have come as a surprise to President Cyril Ramaphosa. But it is a blow to his campaign to be re-elected at the party's national conference in December.

Even though Zuma is unlikely to run for president again, the newly elected KwaZulu-Natal leadership have provided his supporters with a rallying point since most of Zuma’s key supporters in the ANC have either been sidelined or forced to step down from their positions.

For starters, the province has already indicated that it would challenge one of Ramaphosa’s key anti-corruption reforms in the party as early as during the policy conference this weekend.