- Some of Zuma most loyal supporters have become his fiercest enemies
- They helped Zuma reach the highest office in the land
- Each of them have expressed their regret for supporting Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma will step down in a few days as leader of the ANC, a position he has held for the last 10 years. It was all those years ago, in Polokwane when the winds of change blew through Luthuli house and a new era began.
Briefly.co.za learned that Zuma's time at the top has been beset by scandals and drama, from Nkandla, the Guptas and heated debates in parliament.
His presidency has resulted in two splinter parties breaking from the ANC, in the form of the Congress of the People (COPE) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) according to enca.com.
Some of his fiercest critics and enemies were once upon a time his closest allies who not only supported him but helped him get into power.
The secretary-general of the Communist Party and once one of Zuma's most ardent supporter, Blade Nzimande had recently been unceremoniously removed from Jacob Zuma's Cabinet.
His removal was the culmination of growing criticism towards Zuma's administration. Nzimande has since revealed that he regretted supporting the ANC president.
Vavi was a very vocal supporter of Zuma at Polokwane. Vavi, Nzimande and Zuma formed a formidable political tripartite alliance. Cosatu backed Zuma at Polokwane and at Mangaung half a decade later.
Vavi fell out of favour and was subsequently expelled from Cosatu, he has since become a fierce critic of Zuma.
He now leads the South African Federation of Trade Unions which rivals his former labour federation.
Julius was once the leader of the ANC Youth League and a fanatical supporter of Zuma. He had even pledged at one point that he would 'kill for Zuma'.
The once apparent best friend of Zuma had a major fall out and resulted in the ANC turning on him and eventually expelling him from the party.
A year after his exit from the ANC he emerged leading a new party which would rapidly eclipse any of the other splinter parties, the EFF.
The EFF has taken a very hostile approach to dealing with Zuma and the ANC resulting in heated parliamentary sessions which have resulted in the EFF being forcefully removed.
The party continues to demand that Zuma is held accountable for his many alleged transgressions.
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