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SA Electoral Commission Declines Request to Exclude Country’s Ex-President Zuma From MK Party

© AP Photo / Kim LudbrookFormer South African President Jacob Zuma, centre, arrives at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in South Africa, Monday, April 17, 2023.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma, centre, arrives at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in South Africa, Monday, April 17, 2023. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 08.05.2024
Jacob Zuma, South Africa's former president and a member of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, is currently the leader and face of the Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) party, on whose behalf he will run for president.
The South African Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declined on Tuesday a petition to oust former President Jacob Zuma from his position as the head of the recently established Umkhonto weSizwe party.

"The Commission reiterates its stance that it does not involve itself in internal affairs of political parties. Additionally, the Commission only acts on instruction of the registered leader of the party. In the present case, Mr. Jacob Zuma is the registered leader of MK Party. This has been so since 10 April 2024," the statement read.

The response was prompted by a letter from MK founder Jabulani Khumalo, who requested the commission remove Zuma as the party's representative and exclude him from the list of possible members of parliament. Khumalo, who was recently expelled from the party, said that Zuma fraudulently occupies the role of head inside the new party.
South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma speaks during a media briefing in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Oct. 22, 2022.  - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 03.05.2024
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Zuma's path to running for office has been a rocky one. In late March, the IEC upheld objections for his candidacy for the general election, citing a constitutional clause that bars anybody sentenced to 12 months or more in prison from standing for office within five years.
However, in early April, he successfully appealed the commission's decision to disqualify him from running in the election.
Furthermore, the Constitutional Court is scheduled to hear on Friday an appeal by the IEC regarding the prohibition on Zuma's candidacy for a parliamentary seat, which was announced in March.
Zuma was also supposed to be summoned by the ANC disciplinary commission on Tuesday regarding his statement that he would be running and casting his ballot for the MK, which violates the ANC constitution. However, the meeting was postponed due to security concerns ahead of the election.
South Africa's 2024 national and provincial elections are set for May 29.