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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 17:44

IEC reject Khumalo's request to remove Zuma as the face of MKP.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has confirmed receiving a letter from uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MK party) co-founder Jabulani Kumalo requesting the removal of Jacob Zuma.

In a letter dated 5 May, Khumalo requested that the IEC urgently remove Zuma's name as the "face" of the MK party, and that he also be "immediately removed" as the president of the party.

"He [Zuma] occupies both positions through fraudulent and illegal manoeuvres," Khumalo wrote. 

Khumalo has also written to Zuma, in a letter also dated 5 May, telling him he has been placed on "precautionary suspension" for committing "several acts of misconduct in relation to the activities" of the MK party. 

In a statement released on Tuesday, the IEC said it does not interfere with political parties' internal affairs and confirmed that Zuma remains a registered leader of the MK party.

"The Electoral Commission confirms that it has received communication from Jabulani Khumalo on behalf of the MK Party. The letter has also been circulated extensively on social media platforms. In that letter, Mr Khumalo demanded that the Electoral Commission remove Mr Zuma as the face of MKP and as the president of the MKP," the statement read.

"The commission reiterates its stance that it does not involve itself in the internal affairs of political parties. Additionally, the commission only acts on the instruction of the registered leader of the party. 

"In the present case, Jacob Zuma is the registered leader of MK Party. This has been so since 10 April 2024," the IEC added.

The IEC's response is another win for Zuma, who has won every legal battle challenging the party.

However, the party will face off with the IEC in the Constitutional Court on Friday.

This after the Electoral Court ruled against the commission's decision to remove Zuma from the MK parliamentary list, citing his 15-month prison sentence.