Johannesburg - Although out of power and having nothing to offer to his supporters in terms of positions that can be used to create a network of patronage, former president Jacob Zuma continues to draw high profile supporters.
And this implies that the so-called members of the club of the wounded as a result of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s rule, is slowly growing and it may eventually take over power.
When Zuma appeared before the Zondo commission early this week, he enjoyed the support of high profile ANC members who have not supported him in the last five court appearances since his recall in February 2018 and this suggests that his faction or support base is growing or quietly regrouping.
KZN-based political analyst, Thabani Khumalo, said the notion that the Zuma grouping was splitting after its defeat at the 2017 Nasrec conference was wrong. According to his analysis, only a few jumped the ship but the majority is still there and the grouping is intact and ready to defend one another with the fear that if one is left vulnerable and attacked, they may be next on the line of people to be dragged to the streets.
“Those guys are still together, fighting, defending themselves, defending their ambitions. In short, they are still a united grouping although a few of them have shifted to be closer to the winning side. The core of that team remains intact because there is a lot to defend and they have no choice,” Khumalo said.