As public pressure against North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo morphs into a violent street campaign to force him out of office, supporters of former president Jacob Zuma have complained about the purging of senior government officials and politicians linked to him by the camp backing President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Meanwhile, in what appears to be a fight-back strategy by the Zuma camp, his supporters in KwaZulu-Natal are continuing to gift the former ANC president with government and ANC platforms from which to defend himself and seek public sympathy.

On Thursday night, Zuma was scheduled to address an interfaith public lecture called by the KwaZulu-Natal legislature in Mkhuze on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, in honour of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.

Zuma’s supporters have warned of a possible split or collapse of the party if Ramaphosa supporters continue the alleged witch-hunt to drive out those who didn’t support him at the national conference.

“There is somehow a euphoria of triumphalism emanating from Nasrec.