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SA’s Zuma Fails To Delay Presidential Election

SOUTH Africa’s Constitutional Court has denied former President Jacob Zuma’s ‘urgent’ application to postpone the presidential election scheduled for Friday. Zuma, the leader of the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party, had alleged vote irregularities in the May 29 parliamentary elections.

The MK party, which secured 58 parliamentary seats, finished third in the polls behind the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party. On Wednesday evening, South Africa’s highest court ruled that MK’s application was a ‘self-created’ urgency and lacked merit.

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The Constitutional Court determined that the MK party failed to demonstrate how ‘it will suffer irreparable harm if the interdict is not granted.’ The court also noted that the MK party did not provide sufficient evidence to support its claims of election manipulation on May 29.

South Africa’s 400-member parliament will vote for the president on Friday, with the winner needing at least 201 votes to secure the position. The ANC, which garnered 40 percent of the vote in the recent elections, will need to seek coalition partners to form a government.

The court’s decision is a significant setback for Zuma and the MK party, as they attempt to challenge the legitimacy of the recent elections. This ruling underscores the judiciary’s stance on maintaining the integrity of the electoral process and discouraging baseless claims of irregularities.

The upcoming presidential vote is pivotal for South Africa’s political landscape, as the ANC, despite its historical dominance, must now navigate coalition politics to maintain governance. The rejection of Zuma’s application by the Constitutional Court reinforces the rule of law and the robustness of South Africa’s democratic institutions.

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