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Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto we Sizwe Party Takes Seats in SA Parliament Amid Electoral Challenges



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Former South African President Jacob Zuma‘s political party, uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), announced its decision to end its boycott of the parliament.

The party, which secured substantial votes in the recent election, is now set to occupy its won seats despite contesting the election outcome.

Refusing entry initially, the 58 MK lawmakers, led by Zuma, abstained from the first parliamentary session where President Cyril Ramaphosa was reelected.

However, during a recent statement in Johannesburg, the MKP declared its intentions to participate in parliamentary activities going forward.

The party emphasized its commitment to continue its challenge against what it deems as election malpractice while working within legal frameworks.

Although the governing African National Congress (ANC) extended an invitation to uMkhonto we Sizwe Party to join a coalition government, the party led by Zuma declined the offer.

MKP’s decision to join the opposition benches was highlighted by Zuma describing the unity agreement between ANC, Democratic Alliance, and others as ‘meaningless’.

The ongoing negotiations primarily revolve around the formation of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet along with the formation of a government of national unity.

Police presence increased in the KwaZulu-Natal province, where Zuma holds significant support, following political developments and heightened tensions.

MKP Secretary-General Arthur Zwane disapproved of the police reinforcement in the province, labeling it as ‘mischievous’ amidst concerns.

Notably, KwaZulu-Natal witnessed tense political instances in the past, particularly during the 2021 riots that emerged upon Zuma’s arrest for contempt of court.

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