Khumalo attacked, Zuma supporters accuse him of betrayal

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Expelled MK Party founder, Jabulani Khumalo, was attacked outside the Johannesburg High Court after seeking reinstatement as party leader.

Khumalo has accused Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, former President Jacob Zuma’s daughter, of forging a letter to the IEC and orchestrating his removal.

However, MK supporters and leaders have accused Khumalo of colluding with the ANC and attempting to grab power from Zuma, who they consider the rightful leader.

The MK Party emerged as a significant force in recent elections, surpassing the EFF as the third-largest party in the country.

Zuma’s lawyers claim Khumalo was only an interim leader, and that Zuma formed the MK Party after being denied a voice at the 55th ANC national elective conference.

They further allege that Khumalo was paid R1 million to challenge his leadership in court.

YNews has been unsuccessful in its attempts to reach Khumalo and get his comment on these damning allegations.

In court, Khumalo’s advocate, Mfesane Ka-Siboto, argued that as party leader, he alone could make leadership changes.

Ka-Siboto cited Regulation 9, which calls for written notification to the Chief Electoral Officer within 30 days of any changes to a political party and emphasised that Zuma-Sambudla lacked the authority to make the changes.

During a brief submission before the court, the IEC’s lawyers declined to intervene, saying they can’t get involved in an internal party matter.

The court has since reserved judgment, leaving supporters in suspense in a case some fear its ruling has the potential to spark instability. Written by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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