Ex-president Zuma barred from contesting the South African elections in May


The electoral commission of South Africa said on Thursday that it has disqualified former president Jacob Zuma from participating in the next general election on May 29.”Regarding former president Zuma, we have indeed received an objection, and it has been confirmed,” stated commission president Mosotho Moepya at a press briefing, without providing further information.”The party that has selected him has been notified,” as have those who are opposing the decision,” he continued.


By submitting an appeal before April 2, you have the opportunity to contest the decision.In 2018, allegations of corruption forced Zuma, who was 81 years old at the time, to resign from his position.In an effort to revive his career and undermine his previous party, the ruling African National Congress (ANC), he is actively promoting the opposition uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party.Expect tension in the upcoming general election because the winner will have the power to choose a president.


The African National Congress (ANC) is on the verge of falling below the 50 percent threshold in the next election, marking the first occurrence since it assumed office following the end of apartheid.That would compel the political party, previously under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, to establish a coalition in order to remain in power.


The African National Congress (ANC) is seeing a decline in its support due to a sluggish economy and accusations of corruption and misadministration.According to the electoral commission, the constitution prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime and received a jail term of more than 12 months without the possibility of a fine from participating in an election.


In June 2021, Zuma received a 15-month prison term for his refusal to appear before a commission investigating financial crimes and cronyism that occurred while he was president.In addition to his 2021 contempt sentence, he is currently confronting distinct allegations of corruption related to an arms procurement scam that occurred in the 1990s during his tenure as vice president.

By Nnaemeka Odenigbo

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