Former President Jacob Zuma to return to government as Member of Parliament


Jacob Zuma is set to make a sensational return to politics if ANC members have their way.

The former president has been nominated on the list of those who will be heading to parliament after the elections in 2019.

According to a list of nominees seen by TimesLIVE, Zuma’s name appears 74th on the list of 833 party members nominated by various provinces for a seat in parliament.

Sources have confirmed the authenticity of the list, but say it has not yet been consolidated. Names of nominees are ranked as per the number of votes they received from the party’s branch members.

The former president’s name appears just under public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan and above the chairman of the party’s economic transformation committee, Enoch Godongwana.

It is unclear whether Zuma will accept the nomination.

If Zuma were to accept the nomination, he would forfeit his presidential benefits, including his almost R3m annual salary and security detail. He would also be expected to disclose his financial interests to parliament.

The party postponed its national list conference, which was supposed to take place from December 14 to 16 2018, to January 2019, amid allegations of voting manipulation.

– Timeslive

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