Tue. May 28th, 2024

South Africa’s top court is preparing to hear an appeal over whether former President Jacob Zuma will be eligible to stand in what is forecast to be a close election.

Mr Zuma, 82, leads a new opposition party, uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), which analysts say could disrupt the outcome of the general election on 29 May.

A lower court said in April that he was free to run after the electoral commission had barred him over a contempt of court conviction.

The commission had argued the constitution prevented people from holding public office if convicted of a crime and sentenced to more than 12 months in prison.

Mr Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in jail in 2021 for failing to testify in a corruption investigation, though he only served three months on health grounds.

By Joy

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