MK challenges KZN premier, speaker and deputy speaker in court 

By Sihle Mavuso

The uMkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party has started another legal battle in KwaZulu-Natal after it announced its intention to challenge the results of Friday’s sitting of the provincial legislature.

The party led by former president Jacob Zuma wants the Pietermaritzburg High Court to set aside the election of the IFP’s Thami Ntuli as the new premier.

It also wants the court to set aside the election of Nontembeko Boyce from the ANC as the speaker and Mmabatho Tembe from the DA as the deputy speaker.

One of the party’s MPLs (Member of Provincial Legislature), Dr Kwazi Mbanjwa, a former adviser to Zuma, confirmed to Scrolla.Africa on the sidelines of Ntuli’s inauguration that a legal process is underway.

Mbanjwa said their battle hinged on two points: the secrecy of the voting process and the fact that there were no observers during the vote count. 

He said the voting process was not as secret as it was supposed to be, as some MPLs showed others how they voted.

“That was a breach of secrecy because that was a secret ballot,” Mbanjwa said.

Scrolla.Africa learnt from sources in the EFF that the MK party is lobbying it to join the court battle. 

However, the Red Party is not keen to join the battle, as it has no formal coalition pact with the MK party even though it voted with it on Friday. 

Pictured above: Thami Ntuli.

Source: Sihle Mavuso


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