May 20, 2024

SA Constitutional Court Bans Country’s Former President Zuma From Standing for Election

South Africa is gearing up for its national and provincial elections, which are scheduled for May 29. On this day, citizens across the country will have the chance to vote. Meanwhile, South Africans living abroad have already begun casting their ballots, with overseas voting starting on last Friday. South Africa’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the country’s former president Jacob Zuma cannot be allowed to stand as a candidate for the general parliamentary election. “It is declared that Mr. Zuma was convicted of an offence and sentenced to more than 12 months’ imprisonment, […] and is accordingly not eligible to be a member of, and not qualified to stand for election to the National Assembly,” court spokeswoman Leona Theron stated, emphasizing that the Constitutional Court’s ruling was final and could not be appealed. Zuma was sentenced to 15 months in prison due to contempt of the court, and according to the South African Constitution, a person sentenced to 12 months or more is barred from election for five years. While the Electoral Court considered that Zuma, being in the pardoned group, had spent less than 12 months in prison in light of his health condition, the court clarified that he still holds a criminal record despite the pardon. In addition to his legislative ineligibility, he faces trial next year for his alleged involvement in the corrupt procurement of weapons for the country in 1999. Zuma has topped the electoral list for the parliamentary elections for the opposition Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party, which was founded in late 2023, with Zuma as its leader. In expressing his support for MK, he declared he would not vote for the ruling African National Congress party, of which he was the leader until February 2018. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa had earlier announced that the country’s general and regional elections would be held on May 29, 2024.

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Iranian President, Foreign Minister Died in Helicopter Crash

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Sunday, Iranian media reported that a helicopter carrying Raisi, Amirabdollahian and their companions made a hard landing in northwestern Iran. The delegation was on its way back from a visit to Azerbaijan. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and all other members of the delegation returning from Azerbaijan died in a helicopter crash in northwestern Iran, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday. In addition to Raisi and Amirabdollahian, the imam of Tabriz, Mohammad-Ali Al-Hashem, the head of the East Azerbaijan province, Malek Rahmati, the helicopter crew and one security officer were on board the helicopter, the report said. After the death of President Raisi, Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber will serve as head of state for the next 50 days until a new presidential election is held by a special council, the ISNA news agency reported. The council will consist of the heads of the legislative and judicial branches, as well as the first vice president himself, the news agency said, adding that the election can take place in June-July. Mokhber, in turn, said during an emergency meeting that the government will function without disruptions until the new election, as broadcast by Press TV. In addition, the Iranian government is expected to hold another emergency meeting over the death of the country’s president and foreign minister, according to local media. Vice President Confirms Reports of Raisi’s Death Iranian Vice President Mohsen Mansouri confirmed on Monday media reports that Iranian President Raisi and his delegation, including Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian, died in a helicopter crash in northwestern Iran. “We belong to Allah, and truly we will return to Him,” Mansouri said on X, attaching to the post a link to photos of Raisi. This phrase is traditionally used when reporting someone’s death. The bodies are being transported to the mosque of the Iranian city of Tabriz, as the search operations are concluded, Iranian news agency Mehr reported, citing head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, Pir Hossein Kolivand, as saying.

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South Africa’s Ramaphosa ‘Deeply Saddened’ by Iran’s President Raisi Death

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, who recently invited Iran to join the BRICS group, expressed deep regret Monday over the death of President Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash. “This is an extraordinary, unthinkable tragedy that has claimed a remarkable leader of a nation with whom South Africa enjoys strong bilateral relations,” Ramaphosa said. Ramaphosa visited Iran as deputy president in 2015 and in 2023 welcomed Raisi to a summit of the BRICS group in Johannesburg, where the Islamic republic was formally invited to join. Iran became a full member of the intergovernmental forum in January, along with Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates.

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