Thabiso Goba19 June 2024 | 6:32

MK Party to boycott Ramaphosa's inauguration

The uMkhonto weSizwe Party believes Ramaphosa is an illegitimate president.

MK Party to boycott Ramaphosa's inauguration

Jacob Zuma at an MK Party media briefing in Sandton, Johannesburg on 16 June 2024. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey Makhaza/Eyewitness News

PRETORIA - The official opposition, the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party, says it won't be attending Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration as president of the country. 
With the Democratic Alliance (DA) joining government, MK has risen to the rank of opposition as it became the third-most supported party in government.
The inauguration is set to take place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Wednesday afternoon.
The uMkhonto weSizwe Party believes Ramaphosa is an illegitimate president.


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The party still believes the 2024 general elections were rigged despite both the Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Constitutional Court having rejected this. 
This boycott represents a break from a well-established tradition, where the official opposition is always represented at the state president’s inauguration. 
In the meantime, the sun is beginning to rise in Pretoria against the backdrop of the Union Buildings, where staff are making the final preparations for Ramaphosa’s second inauguration as the country’s number one citizen. 
The Union Buildings have been illuminated with the colours of the South African flag and a few public watchers have started gathering at the south lawns where the event will be streamed on a 20-metre screen.