‘MK is trying to hold the country at ransom’

todayJune 3, 2024 58

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Political analyst, Matlala Setlhalogile, has accused the MK Party of attempting to hold the country at ransom with their veiled threats.

MK, which became the largest party in KwaZulu-Natal following the general elections, lodged objections with the IEC over alleged vote rigging after the party failed to secure an outright majority.

The party, which is less than a year old, secured 37 of the 80 seats in the provincial legislature, kicking the ANC from its leading position.

The IEC announced the results despite a warning from former president Jacob Zuma that the commission mustn’t start trouble where there is no trouble.

Speaking to YNews, Setlhalogile says the MK party has started brewing instability in the country’s political landscape.


He says the 2024 election outcomes will generally pose stability challenges for South Africa, as the country has to enter uncharted territory through a national coalition government.

However, the young analyst clarifies that instability doesn’t always mean armed conflict, but generally refers to a disturbance like governance issues.

The concerns come as fears mount after MK recently said the party will explore other avenues such as interdicting the swearing-in at all spheres of government or boycotting the first sitting of Parliament.

The party and at least 20 other opposition parties, lodged objections with the IEC, after they openly rejected the outcomes of the polls.
In a briefing at the weekend, the country’s operational arm of the Justice, Crime Prevention, NatJoins, reiterated that the integrity of the elections will be protected.
The team warned social media users to refrain from posting and sharing inflammatory messages that could cause harm and incite violence, adding that law enforcement agencies will act decisively against those found to be on the wrong side of the law.

 And while concerns remain of possible instability similar to July 2021, Minister of Defense Thandi Modise has assured South Africans that measures are in place to ensure that nothing like that takes place again.


Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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