Black First Land First (BLF) has applauded former South African president Jacob Zuma for snubbing the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of the 2024 National and Provincial Elections.
BLF said that Zuma’s decision marks a new era in the country’s political landscape.
“Black First Land First applauds the historic and brave steps taken by President Zuma to leave the Stellenbosch-captured ANC. It’s a new era. Amandla,” the Party said in a statement.
Zuma publicly snubbed the ANC when he announced on Saturday that he would not be casting his vote for the governing party in next year’s general elections.
He was addressing the media at the Ipelegeng Community Centre in Jabavu, Soweto, where he stated that he would cast his ballot for the newly registered uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party, despite remaining a member of the ANC.
During his address, Zuma revealed that he has held several meetings with leaders across the spectrum “including about 10 registered progressive political parties” with the aim of fostering unity of the historically oppressed and dispossessed people of South Africa.
“It’s game over for the ruling party. The step taken by President Zuma is the clearest indication of momentum towards a post-ANC government. The people are tired. We need a new dispensation to realize the betrayed liberation aspirations of the black majority,” BLF said.
BLF views this stage as an opportune time for all the African “progressive forces” to remove the ANC from power, adding that, “We need a united front of progressive people and organizations towards the 2024 national elections.”