President Jacob Zuma may be secretly plotting a third term as president of the ANC.
Although South Africa’s Constitution limits the president to a maximum of two terms, the ANC’s constitution has no term limits for its president.
The one million Rand questions is whether Pres. Zuma can afford not to be president, in order to continue to service his relationship with the Guptas, stave off fraud and corruption charges, and the upkeep of his Nkandla homestead.
He has the support of the ANC Youth League, with help from the ‘Premier League’ – a lobby group led by the premiers of the Free State, North West and Mpumalanga, and has also garnered the support of the ANCWL having endorsed a woman to be the future president of South Africa.
The Tripartite Alliance is an alliance between the African National Congress (ANC), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP).
“Currently, all indications are that the ANC is not capable of holding free and fair election within its elective conferences; a situation which favours Zuma.”
Zuma’s plan for a third term in 4 steps:
1. In 2017, Zuma will be ‘persuaded’ to accept a nomination – like a reluctant hero (a role he played in 2008)
2. In 2017, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be elected by ANC delegates to be the next SA President, and Baleka Mbete as SA deputy president.
3. Whether in 2019 (after the ANC has won the General Election), or in 2017, Dlamini-Zuma will be sworn in as SA President, but Zuma as ANC President will be the power behind the throne – with none of the checks and balances built into the Country’s constitutional system.
4. Dlamini-Zuma will be a sitting-duck, forced to resign (or be fired/recalled by the ANC) if she does not abide by Zuma’s will. Baleka Mbete can then be elected acting-President. Alternatively, due to a major flaw in the country’s constitution, Zuma can be elected by the majority party as acting-President for the remainder of Dlamini-Zuma’s term.