Shock as parliament cancels flight and accommodation bookings for all of Jacob Zuma's MK Party MPs


Parliament has dealt a severe blow to former President Jacob Zuma's MK Party by canceling all travel and accommodation arrangements for its members. This announcement comes just days before the much-anticipated National Assembly sitting, where the President and Speaker of the National Assembly are set to be elected.

Sources within the hallowed halls of Parliament revealed that the cancellation was in direct response to the MK Party's recent declaration that it would boycott the inaugural session. With tensions running high, this move has left political pundits buzzing with speculation about the implications for Zuma's faction and the overall political landscape.

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who is overseeing the electoral process, conveyed the news that the President and Speaker would be elected this Friday, June 14, at 10:00 in Cape Town. However, in the absence of any court injunction, Parliament made the decisive call to proceed with the sitting despite the absence of MK Party members.

"In light of the MK Party's expressed decision, through their legal representatives, not to attend the first sitting, Parliament has cancelled all arrangements for accommodation and flights for the party's elected members," Parliament stated in an official press release.

This bold move by Parliament is seen as an attempt to curtail unnecessary expenses and adhere to the Financial Management of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act of 2009, which prohibits fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

The logistical fallout from this cancellation poses a new challenge for the MK Party, which now faces an uphill battle to regroup and strategize ahead of the crucial session. With their 58 elected members vowing to boycott the sitting, questions arise about the party's motives and the constitutional validity of their protest.

The MK Party argues that the scheduling of the first session of the National Assembly is unconstitutional. Their interpretation of Section 46 of the Constitution clashes with Parliament's position, as they firmly believe that the sitting should not have been arranged without proper consultation.

Parliament, on the other hand, stands by its legal obligation to facilitate the first sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) under the guidance of the Chief Justice. They assert that no legal impediments exist to prevent the process from moving forward.

According to Section 49 (3) of the Constitution, unless a court sets aside the election results, Parliament is obliged to ensure that the sittings proceed as directed. In anticipation of the physical nature of the upcoming sessions, the Parliamentary Administration has been tirelessly coordinating travel and accommodation arrangements for the approximately 400 Members of Parliament listed by the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC).

Parliament's unwavering commitment to upholding democratic processes and procedures is echoed in their statement: "We remain dedicated to ensuring that the established democratic processes and procedures are upheld in accordance with the laws and Constitution of our country."

As the political landscape braces for this seminal event, the cancellation of the MK Party's travel plans injects an extra layer of complexity into an already charged atmosphere. With Parliament standing firm and the MK Party digging in their heels, all eyes are now on the National Assembly sitting, eagerly awaiting the unfolding drama that will shape the future of South African politics.

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