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MK files an urgent application to interdict first Parliament sitting

In a move of significant urgency, the uMkhonto WeSizwe Party (MK) has applied to urgently halt the first sitting of Parliament scheduled for this Friday.

THE PARTY SAID IT HAS EVIDENCE TO PROVE VOTE RIGGING

Meanwhile, the party has made a bold assertion. Stating its readiness to present evidence of alleged ‘vote rigging’ in the recent elections.

It claims wide-ranging irregularities in the 2024 general elections without providing any proof.

The first sitting will take place on Friday

On Monday, the party released a statement saying it planned on bringing an application to the Constitutional Court to interdict the first sitting of Parliament.

The first sitting of the National Assembly will commence at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday, 14 June.

Nhlamulo Ndhela, speaking for the MK Party, told the media that their court papers include evidence that explains why the sitting should be postponed.

The court papers include evidence supporting the need to postpone the sitting

Our lawyers have worked hard since last week to gather evidence, not just for us but also on other political parties, and they will present this evidence to the Constitutional Court in the form of papers.

“We are filing directly to the Constitutional Court to raise these concerns.”

PARLIAMENT CANCELLED ALL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS FOR MK PARTY MEMBERS

On Friday, the party wrote to the Chief Justice and the Secretary to Parliament, asking for a delay in the first sitting of Parliament, as it intended to challenge the validity of the 2024 general election results. 

MK says a quorum would not be met if its 58 members did not attend the first sitting. 

THE PARTY ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL BOYCOTT THE SITTING

This is because Parliament cancelled all travel arrangements and accommodation bookings for MK party members for its first sitting.

The move from the Parliament follows the party’s announcement to boycott the sitting.

Former president Jacob Zuma’s party deserves praise for its performance in the 2024 general election.

It won 58 seats in the National Assembly. Emerged as the majority party in KwaZulu-Natal, and became the third-largest opposition party in South Africa.

THE PARTY EMERGED AS THE MAJORITY PARTY IN KZN

On Friday, after the chief justice swears in the MPs during the sitting. They will elect a speaker who will subsequently preside over the deputy speaker’s election.

The chief justice will then take the presiding chair for the election of the president. However, if multiple nominations occur, the election will go to a secret ballot.

The chief justice announced that the swearing-in of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) will take place on Saturday, 15 June.

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