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Umkhonto Wesizwe Party Seeks To Interdict First Sitting Of Parliament

MK argues that if its 58 members do not attend the first sitting, a quorum would not be met.

The Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party has taken a significant step by seeking to interdict the first sitting of parliament.

In a media statement issued on Sunday, the party revealed that it has instructed its lawyers to file papers in the Constitutional Court to prevent the swearing-in of national assembly members.

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The party, led by former President Jacob Zuma, cited numerous unresolved irregularities regarding the recent general elections as the primary reason for their action.

On Friday, MK wrote to the Chief Justice and the Secretary to Parliament, requesting a delay in the first sitting of parliament, as they intend to challenge the validity of the 2024 general election results.

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MK argues that if its 58 members do not attend the first sitting, a quorum would not be met. However, Secretary to Parliament Xolile George has previously clarified that only 134 members are needed to reach a quorum.

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George stated, “For passing bills and any matters you need a majority of members, but for any other matter, you need one-third of members of that house, that house being the National Assembly.”

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Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is expected to announce the date for the first sitting of parliament this week. Zondo will also preside over the election of the Deputy Speaker and Speaker of Parliament. The outcome of MK’s legal action will undoubtedly have significant implications for these proceedings.

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Ntuthuko Gumede for SurgeZirc SA
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