Mzansi expressed disappointment as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) revealed that Jacob Zuma is ineligible to run for president in the upcoming 2024 general elections due to his criminal record.
The former South African president’s followers were disheartened upon learning that he could not seek the presidency, attributed to his viral request for prayers to return to the presidential seat.
IEC Confirmation and Legal Implications
The Independent Electoral Commission confirmed that Zuma’s criminal conviction and 15-month sentence for defying a summons to appear before the State Capture Commission three years ago disqualifies him under Section 47(e) of the Constitution.
This legal provision prohibits individuals convicted and sentenced to more than 12 months of imprisonment from serving in the national assembly, rendering Zuma ineligible to participate in any election, be it independently or as a political party representative.
Public Reaction and Questions Raised
South Africans took to social media to express their confusion and skepticism about the IEC’s decision. Comments flooded in, questioning the logic behind the ruling.
Lord Pedro: “But Zuma was once a prisoner, so he always had a criminal record. Even Mandela was a president when he came from prison.”
Sazi Mzimela: “He had a criminal record before when he served a 10-year sentence on Robben Island, but he became the country’s president.”
Lekgowa: “So Gayton McKenzie and Kenny Kunene won’t taste the Union Building.”
Tofolux3: “Nelson Mandela was a prisoner with a criminal record.”
Siphesihle Shangase: “In any case, Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki cannot be presidents of SA again. Even though they both didn’t finish their 2nd terms, those terms are attributable to them. Cyril Ramaphosa only had one term.”
Zuma’s Impact on ANC
In a related story, it was reported that Jacob Zuma continues to pose a challenge to the African National Party (ANC). ANC’s treasurer-general, Gwen Ramokgopa, urged members not committed to renewing their membership to leave the party, fueling speculations that Zuma’s support for the MK party is causing unrest within the ANC.