IEC removes Zuma name from MK party list

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By Zukile Majova
Political Editor

The IEC has confirmed it will remove the name of Jacob Zuma from the list of candidates nominated by the MK party for Parliament.

This comes after the Constitutional Court found that Zuma was not eligible for membership of Parliament because of his contempt of court conviction and sentence.

“To avoid confusion, the commission reiterates that the judgment will not affect the ballot papers for the 2024 NPE in any way.

“The photograph of Mr Zuma will remain in the cluster of identifiers of the Umkhonto Wesizwe party. The name of Mr Jacob Zuma will, however, be removed from the list of candidates nominated by the MK party,” the commission said.

The MK party said the Concourt decision was “unsurprising” but not disheartening to them.

“It reinforced our conviction that the current system, where 10 unelected individuals can make lifetime decisions for 62 million people, is flawed,” the party said in a statement.

“Also, six of the 10 judges were conflicted but refused to recuse themselves.

“We assure South Africans that we remain steadfast and undeterred by the enemies of the poor, whether they be in robes or acting as agents of white monopoly capital.”

The party said it was focusing its energy on getting a two-thirds majority “to dismantle this colonial system, which benefits only the previously advantaged and a few within the Ramaphosa clique at the expense of the poor and marginalised”.

The party said its leadership, led by Zuma, will address the nation in a few days after consulting with its legal team on a course of action.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has refused to be dragged into the implications of the Constitutional Court ruling that Zuma is not eligible to be an MP.

“All I can say is that I’ve noted the decision of the Constitutional Court. The Constitutional Court is the highest decision-making body in our country.

“And we have given the Constitutional Court the right to arbitrate disputes between citizens and they have ruled and that’s what it is and I have noted that,” said Ramaphosa.

Nonkululeko Hlongwane-Mhlongo, the Rise Mzansi premier candidate for KwaZulu-Natal, called on Zuma supporters to accept the ruling of the apex court.

Pictured above: Jacob Zuma will remain “the face of the MK party”.

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