Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
19 May 2021
5:30 am

Can an Ace, Zuma and Supra breakaway hurt the ANC?

Eric Naki

Magashule, Mahumapelo and Yengeni at Zuma’s trial this week gave an idea of the future radical economic transformation group leadership

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa, right, toasts with former president Jacob Zuma, centre, and secretary-general Ace Magashule, left, during the ANC’s 107th anniversary celebrations at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 12 January 2019. Picture: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP

It’s a given that suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule could not alone defeat Cyril Ramaphosa in elections, but a combination of him and former president Jacob Zuma had the potential to give the ANC a run for its money should they decide to break away. A separation from the ANC could be the best option for Magashule if he would like to survive politically. A combination of him, Zuma and former North West ANC strongman Supra Mahumapelo could post a real challenge. Zuma still enjoyed massive support in various parts of the country, mainly in KwaZulu-Natal. His ally, Magashule, had...