South Africa's Supreme Court bars Zuma from serving as lawmaker – Top Stories (Trending Perfect)


The South African Supreme Court has barred former President Jacob Zuma from running for Parliament in next week's general elections.

The Constitutional Court ruled that his 15-month prison sentence for contempt of court made him ineligible.

Zuma was convicted in 2021 for refusing to testify in a corruption investigation during his presidency, which ended in 2018.

He was campaigning under the banner of the newly formed Umkhonto Wesizwe party after falling out with the ruling African National Congress.

MK Secretary General Sihle Ngubane said the party was disappointed with the ruling, but it would not affect his campaign.

“He is still the leader of the party. He is [the judgment] “It doesn't affect our campaign at all,” he said.

Ngubane added that Zuma's face would remain on the ballot paper for the May 29 elections.

South Africans vote for political parties, with the candidates at the top of their lists receiving parliamentary seats depending on the number of votes the party receives.

Some Knesset members sang and danced outside the court, while those inside the court – some wearing traditional Zulu clothing – sat silently as the ruling was handed down.

Zuma has not yet commented on the ruling.

ANC leader and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told a local radio station that he “took note” of the ruling.

“The court has ruled, and as I have often said, this is the highest court in the land, and we have given the judiciary the right to arbitrate disputes between us regarding our Constitution,” he said in an interview with 702.

The MK's appearance raised the possibility that the ANC could lose its parliamentary majority for the first time since the end of apartheid 30 years ago.

Umkhonto we Sizwe is the original name of the armed wing of the African National Congress, which fought apartheid.

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