South Africa:Constitutional Court rejects Jacob Zuma's appeal

África do Sul:Tribunal Constitucional rejeita recurso de Jacob Zuma

A few days ago, South Africa's Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country, rejected an appeal by the former president, Jacob Zuma, in the case of his eligibility for parliament, filed by the South African Electoral Commission.

Last week, Zuma filed an appeal to have the Constitutional Court judges who convicted him three years ago barred from judging the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) case, which began to be heard just 19 days before the national and provincial elections on May 29.

In this regard, the South African Electoral Commission has requested clarification from the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) on whether Zuma can be elected to the National Assembly, following the Electoral Court's ruling that he could appear on the ballot paper as the Umkhonto weSizwe (MKP) party's candidate for this month's elections, despite having been sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2021.

In the view of Jacob Zuma, who was head of state between 2009 and 2018, the judges of South Africa's Constitutional Court are "impartial" and therefore could not "properly" judge his case against the Electoral Commission.

The Constitutional Court has yet to rule on Zuma's eligibility for parliament, according to the South African press. (NM)

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