Expelled MK Party founder Jabulani Khumalo will not be sworn in

Expelled MK Party founder Jabulani Khumalo will not be sworn in

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Expelled uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party founder Jabulani Khumalo will not be sworn in as a party member of Parliament.

This comes after he lost his last-minute bid to be sworn in as a member of the National Assembly on Thursday.

The Western Cape High Court has dismissed his urgent court application and struck it off the roll with costs.

Khumalo challenged the matter on an urgent basis after he was informed by the Secretary to Parliament that he will not be sworn in.

He challenged his expulsion from the party and wanted to be reinstated on the national list.

In handing down judgment, Western Cape High Court Judge Derek Bille said: “The order is as follows, having considered the papers and the arguments of the applicant and the third and fourth respondents, it is ordered that 1, the application is struck off the roll as urgency has not been demonstrated as required by rule 6 (12) of the uniform rules of the court. The applicant shall be liable for the cost confidential to the application and party scale as the text has agreed. The cost of counsel shall be following scale C. The court stand adjourned.”

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Meanwhile, MK Party’s lawyer Barnabas Xulu welcomed the court order saying there were no grounds for a successful challenge by Khumalo.

“It confirms what uMkhonto weSizwe Party had maintained that Khumalo is no longer a member of the MK Party and therefore, he is not qualified to participate in tomorrow’s sitting of Parliament. We are vindicated, the fact of the matter is very clear that section 43 (C) makes it clear that if you are not a member of any political party you can’t be a member of the National Assembly.”

 

 

MK members can be sworn in after initial parly sittings: Prof Kotze

MK members can be sworn in after initial parly sittings: Prof Kotze

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A Professor of Politics at UNISA, Dirk Kotze, says members of the uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party still have an opportunity to be sworn in after the first sittings of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

MK has boycotted the first sittings expected to take place on Friday and Saturday, presided over by the Chief Justice.

The National Assembly sitting is scheduled to take place on Friday morning while the NCOP one is expected to take place on Saturday.

The party is challenging the 2024 election results outcome.

The MK party is currently the third largest political party which garnered 58 seats in the Assembly.

Kotze says nothing disqualifies the MK members from taking their seats later.

“It doesn’t mean that they are completely excluded from Parliament or disqualified from Parliament but what they will not be able to do, is they will not be sworn in as members of Parliament with all the others. They will not be able to participate in the election of the President, the Speaker, or the Deputy Speaker but when they decide they want to come back to Parliament they can do so. They have been elected. Nothing disqualifies them. Then a judge will have to swear them in as members of Parliament. Once they have done that they will become part of the community of Parliamentarians in the National Assembly.”

Meanwhile, Parliament says it has cancelled all flight and accommodation arrangements for members of the MK party, in light of the party informing the institution that they will not attend the first sitting.

Parliament’s Spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says they take note of the MK party’s intent to challenge the validity of the election results.

 

Ramaphosa remains President until the National Assembly convenes

Ramaphosa remains President until the National Assembly convenes

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will remain President of South Africa until the next elected president has been inaugurated. His cabinet and national executive are also still functional until the next president has assumed office.

The election of a President by the National Assembly will only take place at the first sitting presided over by the Chief Justice.

In terms of Section 88 (1) of the Constitution, the President’s term of office begins on assuming office and ends upon a vacancy occurring or when the person next elected President assumes office.

This means, President Ramaphosa is still President until the next person elected by the Assembly takes over.

Similarly Section 94 of the Constitution, which refers to continuation of cabinet after elections sates: “When an election of the National Assembly is held, the Cabinet, the Deputy President, Ministers and any Deputy Ministers remain competent to function until the person elected President by the next Assembly, assumes office.”

Preliminary results show ANC losing 70 seats in National Assembly

Preliminary results show ANC losing 70 seats in National Assembly

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As the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is still expected to officially release the results of the general elections, preliminary results reveal that the African National Congress (ANC) would lose about 70 seats in the National Assembly.

The party has received just over 40% of the votes when compared to 57.5% in the 6th Parliament.

While various new political parties have made some significant gains after contesting elections for the first time, the ANC will lose its grip in the Assembly.

The majority party held 230 seats in the Assembly during the 6th Parliament.

It now stands at around 160 seats.

This translates into a loss of 70 seats in the National Assembly, after what was expected to be watershed elections since the dawn of democracy.

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NCCM loses support to PA but celebrates ANC drop below 50%

NCCM loses support to PA but celebrates ANC drop below 50%

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The Northern Cape Community Movement (NCCM) says while it has lost 35% of its support base to the Patriotic Alliance in the elections, it is happy that the African National Congress (ANC) has been brought below 50%.

The NCCM is one of the 24 political parties that contested the elections for the 30 seats in the legislature.

NCCM Chairperson in the province Ronald February says, “In 2021, community movements and independents brought the ANC in the Northern Cape to 50.5 %. When we went out, we said we are going to bring the ANC under 50% in the Northern Cape. And we have achieved that, irrespective of how we performed. We’ve done what we wanted to change, or at least bring an administration where it’s not one colour around the table, there is more than one colour to talk, so now we know at least the ANC needs to talk to someone.”

The NCCM says it has raised an objection with the IEC in the province against the 15 seats allocated to the ANC.

The NCCM says it has a problem with the formula used for the allocation of seats.

There are 30 seats in the Provincial Legislature. Fifty percent of the seats make the Legislature a hung parliament.

None of the parties received an outright majority of 50 + 1% votes. The ANC received 49.34% of the votes.

February says, “We believe that a party that gets less than 50% of the representation of the provincial legislature from what we have allocated or figures looks like the ANC gets 15 seats out of 30, which is not a reflection of how they fair. So we’ve raised an objection, and it’s a principled one because we have long said the formula for allocating seats has not been tested well. Here we can see that that formula is, you know, to the advantage of the bigger party rather than giving a voice to smaller groups. And we hope that the IEC and, if need be, the Electoral Court will consider, How do you give somebody something that they didn’t get.”

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