South African Electoral Tribunal rejects ANC’s bid to deregister Zuma’s MK party

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has failed in a legal effort to prevent a new party backed by former president Jacob Zuma from running in May’s general election.

The uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party’s name comes from the now-disbanded armed wing of the ANC.

It is believed that Mr Zuma’s support for the MK could influence support for the ANC.

The Electoral Court rejected the ANC’s argument that the party did not meet formal registration criteria.

The ANC has also launched separate legal proceedings against the MK Party for copyright infringement.

Some opinion polls predict that the ANC’s vote share could fall below 50% for the first time in the May 29 election.

Mr Zuma appears to have some support from the party that has ruled the country since 1994, particularly in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

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