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By Peter Mothiba

MK Party national spokesperson Nhlamulo Ndhela
MK Party national spokesperson Nhlamulo Ndhela

Amid wild, jubilant celebrations resulting from its Natal High Court victory against the ANC on Monday morning, the MK Party has promised to change the country’s Roman-Dutch Law.

According to History records, the Roman-Dutch Law was brought to South Africa in 1652 by colonial settler Jan van Riebeck and his entourage when they landed on the shores of the Cape Colony.

MK Party national spokesperson Nhlamulo Ndhela told Tshwane Talks that the Roman- Dutch legal system, which is the foundation of present-day South African law, has been colonising the country for a long time now.

“We want to get a two-thirds majority and abolish the Roman-Dutch Law,” he said.

Regarding the party’s court victory against the ANC, Ndhela said:

“The MK Party proudly announces its third successive victory against the ANC of Cyril Ramaphosa; making it a significant step in the struggle to uphold the rights of South Africans.”

He said the Natal High Court verdict, which dismissed the ANC’s bid to stop the party from using the MK name, underscores the fact that justice can still prevail even when faced with an onslaught from what he called Ramaphosa’s ANC.

Ndhela emphasised that Monday’s court victory was not only an MK Party victory, but that it was a victory for all South Africans who cherish the principles of democracy and the rule of law.

According to Ndhela, the MK court victory reaffirms the party’s commitment to justice and fairness, which are factors which resonate with the spiritual legacy of the country’s ancestors and warriors like King Hintsa, Sekhukhune, Cetswayo and Queen Manthatise.

“MK’s court victories must be viewed as a sign of spiritual guidance from the revered heroes and combatants of the original Umkhonto We Sizwe, who are indicating that MK Party is the only political force that is able and capable of reclaiming the land and restoring it back to its rightful owners,” said Ndhela.

Meanwhile, the South African Communist Party has announced that it will be joining the ANC as an active participant in the appeal case that the ANC will be launching against Monday’s court ruling.

“The MK name and trademark belong to the ANC, and we are going to join the appeal against the use of the name by a third party,” said South African Communist Party (SACP) spokesperson Dr Alex Mashilo in a media statement sent to Tshwane Talks on Tuesday evening.

“Together as allies, the ANC and SACP founded the real, original MK in 1961 as the people’s liberation army under the leadership of the ANC,” he explained.

“This was done under the framework of our revolutionary alliance, as opposed to an opportunistic electoral party premised on a factional, divisive and counter-revolutionary agenda,” said Mashilo.

Mashilo warned that the battle for the MK name and trademark was far from over and that his party reserves every right to protect its heritage from all forms of theft and distortion.

Chairperson of the Tshwane MK Veterans League and also former Robben Island prisoner Sandy Lebese told Tshwane Talks that the League doesn’t support the so-called MK Party.

“Jacob Zuma has proven himself to be an anti-revolutionary,” he said.

“As the MK Veterans League, we are part of the ANC and Zuma is trying to confuse comrades by naming his party after a name that belongs to the ANC,” said Lebese.

“Anyway, he is not going to win anything, maybe one seat in the KwaZulu Natal Legislature,” he said.

Lebese said as the MK Veterans League they do not take former President Jacob Zuma seriously anymore, as he has lost the proverbial plot.

The main aim of Zuma’s MK party, according to Lebese, is to fight and bring down the ANC.

“Zuma is just bitter against Ramaphosa and is fighting him tooth and nail, this as he had thought that President Ramaphosa would, upon assuming the presidency of the country, cancel all criminal charges pending against him in the courts of law,” he said.

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