Zuma Blocks Ramaphosa’s Presidency
11 June 2024
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South Africa— Former President Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MKP) has filed an urgent application with the Constitutional Court to halt the first sitting of Parliament scheduled for Friday.

The initial session of Parliament is crucial, as it involves the swearing-in of parliamentarians who will then elect a President to form a new government.

MKP is taking Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, Parliament Secretary Xolile George, and others to the Constitutional Court, asserting that the first sitting will lack a quorum without its members present at the swearing-in.

In a two-part application, MKP requests the Constitutional Court to urgently consider its application and to interdict Friday’s first sitting of the National Assembly from proceeding.

In the second part of the application, the party seeks a declaration from the court that Zondo’s and George’s conduct in proceeding with the sitting is “inconsistent with the Constitution.” MKP also wants a declaratory order stating that the National Assembly is not properly constituted if the first sitting comprises fewer than 340 members and no more than 400 members who have not been sworn in.

Additionally, the party wants the apex court to annul the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) declaration of the elections as free and fair and to mandate President Cyril Ramaphosa to call for another election.

MKP Secretary-General Sihle Ngubane alleges in his affidavit that there is a “potential” tally of 590,000 votes affected by “discrepancies.” Ngubane contends that the matter will ultimately reach the Electoral Court, and thus, a new president cannot be elected before the issue is resolved.

Parliament will continue with the sitting unless interdicted by the Constitutional Court.

— News24