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Published On: Mon, Apr 1st, 2024

Former President Zuma Banned From Running in South Africa Elections

South Africa’s Election Commission said at a media briefing on Thursday (March 28) that it had upheld an objection against Zuma’s candidacy and he is not eligible to run in upcoming elections in may. The former president has until April 2nd to appeal.

South Africa’s Anadolu Agency reported that while the commission did not provide a specific reason for the decision, it is likely to do with Zuma’s 2021 conviction and imprisonment. South Africa’s constitution does not allow an individual convicted for more than a year to hold public office.

In July 2021, Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison for defying a court order to appear before a judicial commission that was investigating corruption allegations during his 2009-2018 presidency. He was granted medical parole after two months and allowed to serve the rest of the sentence under house arrest.

South Africa’s Constitution bars people convicted and sentenced to more than 12 months’ imprisonment, without an option of a fine, from holding public office.

Zuma and his legal team stormed out of the judicial proceedings when he was asked about wide-ranging allegations of corruption during his rule, including the role of an Indian family, the Guptas, who allegedly had influence over his Cabinet appointments.

Jacob Zuma, 81, has until April 2 to appeal the commission’s ruling, and against his ineligibility. 

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