In an interesting article in Africa Confidential to be published tomorrow under the title «Night of the generals»’ the presidency of Jacob Zuma appears to be questioned and placed under the supervision” of former veterans of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK / Spear of the Nation) , the former armed wing of the ANC.
- A veteran of the pre-liberation African National Congress armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK, Spear of the Nation), General Siphiwe ‘Gebuza’ Nyanda doesn’t scare easily. Yet when a well armed hijacker decided on 23 March to make off with his Porsche luxury car, he didn’t offer any resistance. Nyanda survived without a scratch and the car was found without serious damage a few hours later. Another random hijacking? Perhaps, but it has emerged that Nyanda is the spokesman for a group known as Senior Commanders and Commissars of the ANC’s former military wing.
- Just days before the attack, this group published a memorandum highly critical of President Jacob Zuma’s style of government (AC Vol 57 No 6, Gordhan and Zuma slug it out). It ran through the familiar charge sheet: December’s damaging and arbitrary sacking of Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister; the orchestrated harassment of current and previous Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan by the Hawks, the specialist police unit. Then the group declared its support for Mcebisi Jonas, who said that the Gupta family had offered him the post of Finance Minister before Zuma sacked Nene (AC Vol 55 No 11, A loyalist cabinet and Vol 57 No 4, Zupta Inc.).
But the warning is reinforced by what happened in consoled Thabo Mbeki. The National Conference of the ANC, in Polokwane, the December 18, 2007, where Zuma was elected ANC and forced the presidential removal of Mbeki.
- Then came the coup de grace which removed any ambiguity about the group’s intentions. The memo concluded, ‘…in the light of the many challenges facing the ANC and the state, we further call for the leadership of the ANC to urgently convene a special National Conference.’ In today’s febrile political climate, the idea of a special ANC conference would have but one aim: to sack Zuma from the presidency, a rerun of the recall of ex-President Thabo Mbeki at the Polokwane National Elective Conference of 2007.
In this story, are also economic issues and family of former political and economic partners of Zuma, and that can be read in full in this article Africa Confidential.