South Africa’s Ex-President Zuma Eyes Political Comeback
Written by City Radio on September 27, 2022
South Africa’s ex-president Jacob Zuma, who is facing corruption charges and served a short stint in jail, has said he is ready for a political comeback with the ruling party.
In a statement late Monday, Zuma, 80, said he has been asked by members of the African National Congress (ANC), which has ruled South Africa since the end of apartheid, to put himself forward as the party gears up to elect a new leadership.
The move comes amid heavy infighting within the ANC, ahead of a national elective conference in December.
The party is to hold internal polls to pick a new leader, who would then become the candidate for the next presidential election in 2024.
Current President Cyril Ramaphosa is hoping to secure a second term but faces a challenge from a faction loyal to Zuma — a divisive figure whose name resonates with graft for most South Africans but remains a hero to many grassroots ANC members.