Jacob Zuma’s MK Party Decides to Withdraw Legal Challenge Against South Africa’s Electoral Commission Over 2024 Election Results

Jacob Zuma’s MK Party Decides to Withdraw Legal Challenge Against South Africa’s Electoral Commission Over 2024 Election Results

In an unexpected turn, the MK Party, led by former President Jacob Zuma, has decided to withdraw its legal challenge against the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC).

The party initially took its grievances to the Electoral Court, alleging that the 2024 National and Provincial Elections were neither free nor fair.

Despite the controversy, the IEC announced that the MK Party secured over 2.3 million votes in the historic 29 May elections, earning them 58 seats in Parliament.

This made the MK Party the third-largest political force in South Africa, with significant representation in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The MK Party was quick to reject the election results, calling for a transparent and just electoral process.

They accused the IEC of favoring the African National Congress (ANC) and took their case to the Constitutional Court.

Their protest included boycotting the first sitting of the National Assembly on 14 June.

Court Ruling

However, the Constitutional Court dealt a blow to the MK Party by dismissing their application to delay Parliament’s first sitting.

The court ruled that the issues raised did not fall under its exclusive jurisdiction and that there was no justifiable reason for the late filing of the application.

It further criticized the MK Party for failing to present sufficient evidence to support their claims.

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