‘Attending Cyril’s inauguration is akin to betraying freedom fighters’

As President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa readies to be inaugurated as head of state for a second term, the uMkhonto weSizwe Party is calling for his head.

In a strongly worded statement released on Tuesday evening, the former president Jacob Zuma-led organisation said it would not attend the swearing-in ceremony at the Union Buildings, the official headquarters of the government in Pretoria.

“We refuse to join in the spitting on the graves of those who died for this freedom by attending the symbolic wedding ceremony of a house negro called Ramaphosa with the slave master Helen Zille,” the MK Party said.

During the swearing-in of MPs in the National Assembly in Cape Town on Friday last week, the MK Party, unveiled on December 16, 2023, pulled the same antics.

It said in the statement on Tuesday night that it does not recognise the seventh administration on the grounds that the May 29 general elections were rigged.

The newcomer exceeded expectations when it garnered 14% of the national vote, translating to 58 National Assembly seats.

It also described the EFF as the third-biggest party in the country after the DA joined the government of national unity along with the ANC and several other parties.

The demise of the ANC

In KwaZulu-Natal, the MK Party became the leading party, amassing 45% of the provincial vote, which gave it 37 seats in the provincial legislature.

The party is also credited with being the mastermind in plotting the demise of the ANC both nationally and in KwaZulu-Natal, where the once dominant party in the country’s political landscape recorded a mediocre 40% and 16% share of the votes, respectively.

Despite being the biggest party, the MK Party was relegated to the opposition benches in KwaZulu-Natal after the formation of a coalition between the ANC, DA, IFP, and the NFP.

However, it is sticking to its guns, saying it will not support the so-called government of national unity, whose main political players are the DA, IFP, and ANC.

“Ramaphosa’s ‘presidency’ is the result of a sellout deal signed by Fikile Mbalula and Helen Zille,” said the MK Party.

In its bid to call for an election rerun, the party has approached courts, crying election rigging, among other things.

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