IEC Reveals Jacob Zuma Can’t Run for President in 2024 General Elections Because of Criminal Record

IEC Reveals Jacob Zuma Can’t Run for President in 2024 General Elections Because of Criminal Record

Mzansi was unappreciative of the revelation that the former president, Jacob Zuma, cannot be a president again

The Independent Electoral Commission revealed that Zuma's criminal record prevents him from returning to the Union Buildings

South Africans disputed the law and questioned the IEC's logic and reasoning

Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered policy changes and elections at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News for over seven years.

The IEC revealed that the former president Jacob Zuma cannot return to the Union Buildings as president
Mzansi doesn't understand why Zuma can no longer be a president at the Union Buildings. Image: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP via Getty Images and Phill Magakoe/Gallo Images via Getty Images
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Former South African president Jacob Zuma's followers were disappointed when they discovered he could not run for president during the 2024 general elections. This is because his criminal record prevents him from running as president of the country after Zuma went viral for asking a church congregation to pray for his return to the presidential seat.

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According to a tweet @insightfactor shared on X, formerly Twitter, Msholozi can no longer become the South African president. This is despite him allegedly trying to campaign through the MK party to return to power. Zuma recently hinted at possibly campaigning to be president again after visiting the Shembe Church in KwaZulu-Natal.

IOL revealed that The Independent Electoral Commission confirmed that Zuma was convicted and sentenced to 15 months for defying a summons to appear before the State Capture Commission three years ago. The IEC added that Section 47(e) of the Consitution prevents someone convicted and sentenced to more than 12 months imprisonment to serve in the national assembly.

The IEC pointed out that the provision disqualifies Zuma from contesting any election, whether independently or as a political party representative. View the tweet here:

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Mzansi questions the IEC

South Africans commented and questioned the IEC's logic.

Lord Pedro said:

“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 wrote:

“He had a criminal record before when he served a 10-year sentence to Robben Island, but he became the country's president.”

Lekgowa asked:

“So Gayton McKenzie and Kenny Kunene won’t taste the Union Building.”

Tofolux3 remarked:

“Nelson Mandela was a prisoner with a criminal record.”

Siphesihle Shangase clarified:

“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.”

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South Africans believed the ANC was sweating because of Zuma and his support for the MK party.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email:

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