MK party insists it will boycott parliament


Former Pres. Jacob Zuma’s MK party (MKP) maintains that he will not attend the first parliamentary session.

“We want to reiterate that our position remains unchanged, and that we will only attend the parliamentary proceedings based on the outcomes of the courts.” The MKP had earlier called for a re-vote of the 2024 general election due to “numerous irregularities in the counting process”.

The MKP accuses the Election Commission (EC) of election tampering “which led to the massive theft of MK party votes”.

“While we deeply respect the will of the people who elected us to serve in parliament in order to, among other things, change the current neo-liberal Constitution and ensure the expropriation of land without compensation, we believe that our votes are incomplete ,” the party argues in a statement.

“To attend the first session of parliament without all our votes being counted, we will betray our commitment to unity and democratic values ​​where every voice and wish deserves to be heard. Therefore, MKP will only consider entering parliament after the completion of our imminent urgent court applications, where we will present sufficient evidence showing that the IEC tampered with the election to the detriment of the MKP and other parties.”

The process to establish South Africa’s seventh administration officially began after Chief Justice Raymond Zondo handed over the lists of names of the new members of the National Assembly and provincial legislators to Xolile George, secretary of parliament, on Thursday.

The date of the first session of the parliament has yet to be announced, but cannot be later than 18 June as according to the Constitution it must not be later than 14 days after the announcement or declaration of the election result. During the session, the 400 members of parliament will be inaugurated, after which the speaker, deputy speaker and the new president will be elected.

The ANC announced earlier that it had decided to form a government of national unity after the party lost its absolute majority in the just-concluded national election.

The ANC got 40% of the vote – its lowest support yet – and for the first time has to work together with other parties to govern the country.

“We therefore agreed that we are going to invite political parties to form a government of national unity as the best option to take our country forward,” said pres. Cyril Ramaphosa said.