Businessman Sandile Zungu withdraws from ANC KwaZulu-Natal leadership race

  • AmaZulu football club boss Sandile Zungu will not contest the presidency of ANC KwaZulu-Natal.
  • HWe decided not to do so after long consultations with the provincial leaders of the ANC.
  • He wished good luck to the ANC for its next provincial elective conference.

Business tycoon and AmaZulu football club owner Sandile Zungu announced on Wednesday that he would not contest the presidency of ANC KwaZulu-Natal.

“Following extensive consultations and after careful consideration, I have decided not to contest or campaign for a leadership position in the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal,” Zungu said in a statement.

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He thanked ANC KZN members who approached him to stand for election against current President Sihle Zikalala and Nomusa Dube-Ncube, who was endorsed by the provincial women’s league.

The businessman also thanked the exploratory committee that oversaw his consultation process as he deliberates on whether to avail himself of the competition.

Zungu said:

I remain touched by the support and trust they have shown me.

He wished good luck to the ANC for its provincial elective conference.

Zungu reportedly received the green light from several ANC structures in the province to contest the presidency.

He then began a consultation process and engaged with provincial heavyweights, such as former President Jacob Zuma and former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, among others.

Zungu’s original intention to challenge the provincial leadership position was rejected by provincial party leaders, who said people who were not active in party structures should not be allowed to run for the direction.

There were also concerns about buying influence in party structures.

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