WATCH: Malema says IEC making ‘silly mistakes’ with Zuma ballot battle

WATCH: Malema says IEC making ‘silly mistakes’ with Zuma ballot battle

EFF leader Julius Malema has slammed the Independent Electoral Commission’s decision to approach the Constitutional Court on the issue of Jacob Zuma’s candidacy.

Julius Malema, April 2024
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The commission has approached the apex court to seek clarification on the Electoral Court's decision to allow Zuma back on the ballot.

Zuma, who is the face of the MK party’s election campaign, was disqualified due to his previous conviction in 2021, in which he was sentenced to more than 12 months’ imprisonment for failing to appear before the Zondo Commission.

READ:Jacob Zuma disqualified from contesting elections, confirms IEC

Speaking in Sandton on Friday morning, Malema said the IEC's decision could lead to questions about the election body’s integrity.

"It's really very, very personal, and by doing that, they are keeping President Zuma in the news. By doing that, they are making President Zuma gather rallies outside every court appearance - so the court appearances are organised by the IEC.

"We might be thinking that the IEC is acting against Zuma only to find that (IEC Commissioner Glen) Mashinini is behind the strategy of the IEC to keep Zuma in the news. So, you must not sleep.

“I mean, for the first time, we saw Advocate (Tembeka) Ngcukaitobi struggling, and then he came to the JSC there. I went to him, and I was like, ‘I was here busy interviewing judges, but the social media observers are not giving it to you this time. He said to me openly that, 'this one we have lost' because he knows that there is no case.

"If they know there is no case, What is going to happen?  Why are they doing what they are doing? And some silly mistakes that are being committed by the IEC. Remember that we have 110% confidence in the IEC, but they are making so many stupid mistakes in a year when the election is highly contested.

“When they are supposed to be perfect, we are going now for 30 years of democracy they have got the necessary experience."

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