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MK Party founder Jabulani Khumalo and Jacob Zuma. Image: Wikimedia Commons

MK Party threatens legal action against IEC over Jabulani Khumalo

MK Party has questioned the circumstances under which expelled leader Jabulani Khumalo was allowed at the IEC Results Operation Centre.

National Assembly MK Party

MK Party founder Jabulani Khumalo and Jacob Zuma. Image: Wikimedia Commons

UMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party has formally written a letter to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) questioning why expelled party leader Jabulani Khumalo was granted access to the National Results Operations Centre (ROC) in Midrand. 

The party has also threatened legal action against the Commission if it does not respond by Monday, 27 May. 

MK Party spokesperson Nhlamulo Ndhlela said Jabulani Khumalo’s presence at the ROC contradicts well-established facts about his expulsion from the party and raises significant questions about the adherence to protocol and the objectives of IEC in this matter. 

Ndhlela said they want the IEC to respond to the letter by the close of business the same day and provide a satisfactory explanation for this oversight. 

“Failure to do so will compel the MK Party to consider all available legal options, including courts, to address this grievance. This step underscores our commitment to uphold the democratic processes and ensure that our electoral body maintains the highest standards of integrity and impartiality.

“The MK Party remains deeply concerned about the appearance of conduct that is seemingly partisan by the IEC, particularly the perception that it may be influenced by external political interests.” 


Additionally, Ndhlela said it is crucial, especially during electoral activities, that the IEC demonstrate beyond doubt its independence and fairness since any actions perceived as favouritism undermine public trust in our democratic institutions and taint the electoral process.

“We urge the IEC to respond promptly and thoroughly to our inquiry to assure us and all South Africans that the IEC has not fallen into the traps, like with many state institutions. 

“We call upon all South Africans to remain vigilant and to hold all institutions accountable, ensuring that our democracy remains robust and unblemished by undue influence,” he added. 


On Sunday, MK Party said its members reported a suspicious truck entering the area on 25 May. This vehicle was loaded with critical IEC voting materials, including approximately 400 ballot boxes and scanners, which are alleged to be intended for ANC members in the area. 

Ndhlela said the situation escalated as our vigilant members demanded accountability, leading to the involvement of senior SAPS officials and the subsequent seizure of the alleged stolen ballot papers, which were later secured under SAPS custody. 

The MK Party spokesperson said despite the volatile atmosphere, no arrests were made, although the materials were relocated to an IEC warehouse for safekeeping due to inadequate local storage facilities.

“Additionally, on 26 May, further reports emerged from a funeral parlour in Chesterville, where sealed boxes of voting materials were found and seized by the police, which was also intended for ANC members, allegedly,” he explained.