Zuma not eligible for parliament

Zuma not eligible for parliament

The apex court has ruled today that the leader and face of uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party Jacob Zuma is not eligible to stand for parliament.

The Constitutional Court in its order said, it has been declared that Jacob Zuma was convicted of an offence and was sentenced to more than 12 months in prison for purposes of section 47 (1)(e) of the Constitution and is therefore not eligible to be a member of, and does not qualify to stand for election to the National Assembly until five years has lapsed since the completion of his sentence.

The ConCourt further set aside the order of the Electoral Court and replaced it with the order of the Constitutional Court dismissing the appeal and the counter application and no costs were added to the order.

The apex court may have brought the ambitions of Zuma to a screeching halt to be in parliament, but the party remains confident that they will get their two thirds majority.

The Secretary General of MK Party Sihle Ngubane told the media that they are disappointed by the judgement but they are going to consult the executive together with Zuma for a way forward. He said Jacob Zuma remains the Leader of the party and still directs its affairs and he will appear on the ballot paper.


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