Constitutional Court upholds IEC Zuma decision


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Former President Jacob Zuma’s face will remain on the ballot for the Umkhonto weSizwe Party.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says that this is because the ballots have already been printed.

It had to make this clarification after the Constitutional Court upheld the IEC’s initial decision that Zuma could not stand for a position in the National Assembly, meaning that he should be removed from the party’s candidate list.

The IEC approached the apex court after the Electoral Court ruled that Zuma could represent the Umkhonto weSizwe Party in the National Assembly despite having served time in jail for being in contempt of a Constitutional Court order.

Executive Secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, Lawson Naidoo, says that the Apex Court has reinforced the guidance of Section 47 of the constitution.


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