MK party founder ignores Zuma instruction

By Zukile Majova
Political Editor

Jabulani Khumalo, the founder of the Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party, is refusing to take instructions from Jacob Zuma, the leader of the party.

Zuma has instructed the 58 would-be members of Parliament representing the MK party to boycott Parliament while the party is challenging the IEC’s election results.

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is due to convene the first sitting of Parliament on 14 June, with or without the MK party members.

The MK party has advised Xolile George, the secretary to Parliament, that its delegation will not be attending the sitting.

Khumalo said he support’s Parliament’s decision to go ahead with the sitting even if MK party members fail to attend.

“Should any MK member of Parliament not avail themselves for understandable fear of victimisation by Mr Zuma and his clique, [it] will not in itself be the basis for Parliament not to continue with its business of swearing in members of Parliament and continue with its scheduled business on the date chosen by the Chief Justice.”

Khumalo, who was removed as the leader of the MK party and later expelled, is challenging his expulsion at the Electoral Court. Judgment on the matter has been reserved.

On Monday, MK secretary Sihle Ngubane wrote to Xolile George, the secretary to Parliament, saying Khumalo was no longer a member of the MK party and should not be allowed to represent the party in Parliament.

Meanwhile Moloto Mothapo, the spokesperson for Parliament, said the sitting will go ahead.

Parliament plans to cancel travel plans for MK party members and their accommodation and could not be swayed by Khumalo’s claim that he was speaking as a leader of the party.

Mothapo said Khumalo is not one of the MK representatives who have been recommended by the IEC for liaising with Parliament. 

Pictured above: Jabulani Khumalo.

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