Former South African President Jacob Zuma has been expelled from the ruling African National Congress. This is a result of the growing conflict between the ANC and Zuma, who says it supports the ANC. The ANC wants to file a lawsuit against this new party.
There has been a growing division within the African National Congress, which has been in power in South Africa for thirty years without interruption. In 1994, the party won the first elections with Nelson Mandela after the abolition of apartheid. This year's elections may mark the first time since then that the ANC has been unable to win a majority in parliament.
Zuma was President of South Africa on behalf of the party between 2009 and 2018. He resigned after a series of corruption accusations, and was even imprisoned for refusing to cooperate with the investigation. Riots broke out after he was imprisoned, and after two months he was released on medical grounds.
Zuma said last December that he would not vote for the ruling party in the upcoming elections, but rather for the Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party. It means “Spear of the Nation” and is the name of the former armed branch of the African National Congress that was active during apartheid.
The ANC now says it wants to challenge MK's registration and wants the name legally protected.
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