Only a Court of Law Can Prevent Parliament Sitting: Constitutional Expert

Only a Court of Law Can Prevent Parliament Sitting: Constitutional Expert

  • A constitutional law expert pointed out that a political party cannot prevent a National Assembly from sitting
  • This came after the MK Party wrote to Parliament to apply to have the first national assembly seated after the 2024 general elections were scrapped
  • Some believe the rules of Parliament have been altered in a conspiracy against Jacob Zuma, while others questioned Zuma's party's ability to lead

With over seven years at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News, Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist, offered insights into South African politics, governance, political parties and election dynamics.

A law expert stated that only a court of law can prevent Parliament from sitting
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JOHANNESBURG – A constitutional law expert said only a court of law can stop a Parliament sitting.

Legal expert comments on MKP's Parly protest

Lufuno Nevondwe's observation comes after former president and MK leader Jacob Zuma and the MK Party protested against the first National Assembly sitting. The MK Party is unhappy with the 2024 general election results and has taken the matter to court. According to SABC News, Nevondwe said that only a court of law can stop the first sitting from taking place.

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Nevondwe said that no court order is in effect, which prevents Parliament from convening on 14 June. He stressed the law stating that the first Parliament sitting must happen 14 days after the national elections.

South Africans debate the expert

Netizens on Facebook had different views, as some supported Zuma.

Thuthukani Malcomx said:

"SABC is all against the MK."

Mahlomola Mahaba said:

"Only a competent Chef Justice, not a politician in the form of a Chief Justice, can resolve this problem."

Ktleho Jame said:

"The rules of Parliament have been bent just to spite Zuma. "

Others opposed Zuma

Sharon Struckmeyer said:"

"These political parties that are always stirring trouble should be banned for forming parties or being involved in governing our country when they have no interest in our people or the country."

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Political analyst slams claims MK Party is targetted

in a similar article, Briefly News reported that a political analyst slammed the MK party's allegations that it is being targeted.

This came after a member of the MK party was shot and killed in Durban in early June this year.

Source: Briefly News

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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: tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za

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