Zuma: I'm not surprised by Malema's Hanekom revelations

EFF leader Julius Malema told supporters on Tuesday that his party worked with Derek Hanekom and SACP leader Solly Mapaila to plan Jacob Zuma’s ousting.

Former President Jacob Zuma at the state capture commission on 17 July 2019. Picture: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Former President Jacob Zuma said he was not surprised that African National Congress (ANC) NEC member Derek Hanekom met with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to discuss his ousting, saying Hanekom was a known enemy agent.

Hanekom has confirmed meeting with an EFF leader to discuss a planned motion of no confidence in Zuma last year.

But he said there was nothing untoward, as Zuma's removal was the official party position.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has released a statement slamming Hanekom as a wedge driver, a charlatan and an EFF sleeper.

It’s a party deeply divided and the gloves are well and truly off.

Magashule thinks Hanekom is on a mission to divide the party, while the MKMVA wants the former minister to be expelled from the organisation.

Zuma has also entered the fray, tweeting "I am not surprised by Julius Malema’s revelations regarding Derek Hanekom. It is part of the plan I mentioned at the state capture commission".

He goes on to brand Hanekom as a known enemy agent.

This infighting is reminiscent of the last days of the Zuma presidency.

What’s clear, though, is that even in the so-called new dawn of President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC remains fractured along factional lines.