Comedian Loyiso Gola recently found himself in hot water on social media after he voiced his criticism of Jacob Zuma’s new political party, the MK Party. Zuma, the former president of South Africa, surprised the nation with the announcement of his new venture, despite being a member of the ruling party, the ANC.
Zuma’s decision to form the MK Party, which was registered with the Electoral Commission earlier this year, has sparked controversy. The party plans to contest the 2024 national election, and although Zuma is not an official candidate, he intends to cast his ballot for the new party.
In a statement, Zuma explained his decision to leave the ANC, saying, “Among the reasons why I have taken this decision is because I realized this is not a country I fought for. I need to see a South Africa that our ancestors envisaged.”
Following the announcement, the Umkhonto weSizwe website experienced a crash due to the high volume of traffic for membership registration.
As news of Zuma’s political move spread, Loyiso Gola took to Twitter to share his views. However, his “unpopular opinion” received a barrage of criticism. Many Twitter users compared Gola to Trevor Noah, who has previously made jokes about Jacob Zuma but not the current president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
One user, @DoctorShange, told Gola to “stick to your nonsensical jokes and leave politics.” Another user, @Kza__Soze, accused Gola of lacking factual support in his argument and suggested that his statement was driven by a desire for relevance.
Despite the backlash, some users, like @dspha07 and @Thandoh_Nkomond, expressed curiosity about Gola’s views on the current administration and wondered if he was trying to secure a Grammy gig like Trevor Noah.