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MK Party Denies Alleged Firing Of Nhlamulo Ndhlela And Legal Battle Over Jacob Zuma’s Candidacy”

He further elucidated that the status of being a candidate or non-candidate does not affect the inclusion of a registered party leader on the ballot paper.

The Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party has vehemently denied the allegations circulating regarding the supposed dismissal of Nhlamulo Ndhlela from his position as the party’s national head of communications and spokesperson.

These allegations were refuted by the MK party’s provincial coordinator, Simphiwe Mpungose, who labelled them as ill-informed and malicious.

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According to Mpungose, the dissemination of such allegations is perceived as an attempt to create panic and sow divisions among the party’s membership and supporters. He explicitly stated that Mr Nhlamulo Ndhlela continues to hold the position of the MKP’s national head of communications and spokesperson.

Furthermore, Mpungose emphasised the party’s unwavering determination to resist any stratcom agenda aimed at undermining the will of the people, particularly in their pursuit to reclaim their land through a two-thirds majority in the upcoming national and provincial elections scheduled for 29th May 2024.

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In the midst of these developments, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), Sy Mamabolo, addressed questions from reporters regarding the legal dispute between the IEC and the MK party concerning the candidacy of former President Jacob Zuma.

Mamabolo clarified that regardless of the outcome of the legal proceedings, Jacob Zuma will appear on all three ballot papers for the upcoming elections. He emphasized that the legal resolution will not impact the inclusion of Zuma on the ballot.

Mamabolo explained that as per the current status, Zuma is the registered party leader of the MK party, and therefore, his photograph will feature on the ballot paper for MK.

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He further elucidated that the status of being a candidate or non-candidate does not affect the inclusion of a registered party leader on the ballot paper. Mamabolo’s statements came in the wake of the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) hearing the IEC’s application for leave to appeal against an electoral court judgment from 9th April.

This judgment overturned the commission’s initial decision to disqualify Zuma from standing for public office as an MK party candidate.

The developments surrounding the MK party, the allegations against Nhlamulo Ndhlela, and the legal battle over Jacob Zuma’s candidacy have significant implications for the political landscape in South Africa.

As the country prepares for the upcoming national and provincial elections, these events have the potential to influence public perception and the electoral process. The outcome of the legal dispute, the stance of the MK party, and the continued presence of Jacob Zuma on the ballot are likely to shape the narrative leading up to the elections.

Additionally, the responses and actions of the involved parties will be closely monitored as the political dynamics unfold in the coming days and weeks. It remains to be seen how these developments will impact the electoral environment and the broader socio-political discourse in South Africa.

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Ntuthuko Gumede for SurgeZirc SA
Ntuthuko Gumede for SurgeZirc SA
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