Ranking Zuma’s most powerful allies and opponents in the ANC

The Gupta-owned New Age and ANN7 media outlets this week published the names of ANC politicians its sources say are behind a political plot to have the president recalled.

At the epicenter of the report: deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who along with Gwede Mantashe and Jeff Radebe are seen as the “generals” of the move.

On the side of president Jacob Zuma, the “premier league”, including Free State premier Ace Magashule and others, will allegedly come to the president’s defense.

According to the media group, its sources have highlighted what it calls an “all out war for control of the country”, revealing a plot from within the ANC to usurp power from president Jacob Zuma.

City Press on Sunday published a list of alleged Zuma allies versus those believed to be in favour of him stepping down, and has rated the factions according to how much power they are able to wield.

The president’s alleged allies scored a power average of 4.78 out of 10, while those reportedly against Zuma scored a power average of 4.94.

Zweli Mkhize, the ANC treasurer-general sits on the fence as it were, as his allegiance lies with both Jacob Zuma, and Gwede Mantashe.

ANC power rating out of 10

Pro Zuma Score/10 Pro ANC Score/10
 Jacob Zuma  10 Gwede Mantashe  7
Jessie Duarte  6 Paul Mashatile 4
Baleka Mbete  6 Blade Nzimande 5
 David Mahlobo  5 Pravin Gordhan 6
 Zweli Mkhize  7 Cyril Ramaphosa 8
 Ace Magashule  4 Phumulo Masualle 4
 Supra Mahumapelo  4 Solly Mapaila 5
 David Mabuza 4 David Makhura 5
 Sihle Zikalala 4 Senzo Mchunu 3
Tom Moyane 4  Zweli Mkhize 7
Mthandazo Ntlemeza 4 Bheki Cele 4
Richard Mdluli 4 Jeff Radebe 6
Nathi Nhleko 4 Mcebisi Jonas 4
Nomgcobo Jiba 4 The clergy/ Thabo Makgoba 4
Shaun Abrahams 4 Business/Jabu Mabuza 6
Bathabile Dlamini 5 Enoch Godongwana 3
Kebby Maphatsoe 3 Party veterans
Kgalema Motlanthe
Collen Maine 4
Doris Dlakude 4

The full list and article appears in the 20 March 2016 edition of the City Press.

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Ranking Zuma’s most powerful allies and opponents in the ANC