PETER BRUCE: Cyril’s chance to consolidate power
The big loser in this weekend’s provincial elections was Jacob Zuma; it makes no sense to support him any longer
It is quite difficult to say exactly who won the political weekend — the one in the ANC, I mean, where the party held provincial elections in both Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). But it is easy to say who lost. Big time. Wham-bam. The End of Days. The loser of the weekend was Jacob Zuma. KZN is supposed to be his backyard but the truth is it has never been a comfortable one. Sihle Zikalala, who was re-elected unopposed as KZN party chairman was the guy Zuma spent years trying to get into the job, going through at least three failed conferences, if my memory serves me correctly, before getting him into the job over Senzo Mchunu, who now works for President Cyril Ramaphosa. Zikalala’s job, from then, was to get the entire province behind Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for the ANC leadership last December. Zuma on more than one occasion scolding him for failing to get this you-would-have-thought simple task together. "Go out and do the job you’re supposed to do," one newspaper quoted Zuma tel...
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