South Africa election: ANC loses battle for Zuma’s MK party name and logo


The African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa has lost a legal battle to prevent a new party from using the name and logo of its former armed wing.

The new party, uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), led by ex-President Jacob Zuma, was allowed to continue using the name and logo by the Durban High Court, despite objections from the ANC.

This decision is seen as a significant victory for MK, especially as the country gears up for the general election on May 29th.

Supporters of Jacob Zuma cheered and celebrated in court after the judgement was announced.

The MK name and logo hold great political significance because of the role the armed wing played in the fight against white-minority rule in South Africa.

While the new MK party may not have a high chance of winning the election, its presence could affect the ANC’s performance. This is significant as it could be the first time since the end of apartheid in 1994 that the ANC loses its majority in parliament.

Jacob Zuma, who served as South Africa’s president for nine years, was forced out of office over corruption allegations, which he denies.

The decision by the electoral court to overturn a ban on Zuma’s candidacy for a parliamentary seat adds to the political drama. The electoral commission has appealed this decision to the Constitutional Court.

Meanwhile, the ANC’s attempts to deregister MK as a political party contesting the election have also failed in court.

This legal battle highlights the intense political landscape in South Africa ahead of the upcoming election.


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