MK party applies to ConCourt to stop first National Assembly sitting

While the National Assembly is due to vote for the president, speaker and deputy speaker in Parliament on Friday, the MK party has applied to the Constitutional Court to stop the proceedings and wants the elections be held again.

Former president Jacob Zuma’s Mkhonto weSizwe (MK) party today launched an urgent court application seeking to interdict the National Assembly’s first sitting scheduled to take place in Cape Town on Friday.

In court papers lodged with the Constitutional Court by MK party’s lawyers, Zungu Incorporated Attorneys, the party, among other things, argues that the National Assembly’s first sitting would not be properly constituted given that the organisation’s 58 MP candidates will not be part of the proceedings as the party has resolved to boycott the first sitting.

“Properly interpreted, section 46 goes against the idea that the first sitting of the National Assembly can take place without the constitutionally prescribed minimum number of members, properly defined as such,” the MK party said in its court papers.

The MK party, which also secured 37 of the KZN Provincial Legislature’s 80 seats, has alleged that there was widespread vote-rigging during the 2024 National and Provincial Elections (NPE) which produced no outright winner in KZN and nationally.

Apart from seeking to interdict the National Assembly’s first sitting, the MK party also wants the Constitutional Court to order a rerun of the NPE.

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