Jabulani Khumalo: Biography, Age, Political Career & Controversies

Jabulani Khumalo


Jabulani Khumalo is a South African politician and the founder of uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MKP). He was expelled from the party weeks before the 2024 general election on allegations that he was working with outside forces to infiltrate and destabilise the MKP.

Background and Biography
Jabulani Khumalo was born in 1970 (Age 54). From his younger age, he had always been a lover of freedom and during his teenage years, he joined others young black South Africans in matching for freedom and ending the brutal apartheid.

A follower of Nelson Mandela and a once member of the ANC, Jabulani Khumalo had always been active in the South African political space. Bringing alive the core of everything Mandela stood for, he launched the uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MKP) in September of 2023 and with the endorsement of Jacob Zuma, the party became a nationwide political force.

Removal from uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MKP)
Jabulani Khumalo was expelled from the uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MKP) by Jacob Zuma in April of 2024. Khumalo was expelled alongside four other party members for working against the interest of the party and former president Jacob Zuma was mandated to lead the emerging party.


Although expelled, Jabulani Khumalo still got involved in the affairs of uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MKP) and during election season, he was seen at the at the Electoral Commission (IEC) results operations centre (ROC) in Midrand to witness the compilation of votes.

Anti Party activities
Before Jabulani Khumalo’s removal from The uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MKP), he has been accused by some leadership of the party for collecting bribe from the ANC in exchange for destroying party leader Jacob Zuma.

Weeks to the general election, Jabulani Khumalo had sent a letter to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), asking that the IEC remove Zuma as the “face” and president of the MKP. Khumalo also asked the IEC to remove Zuma’s name from the MKP list of members it intends to send to parliament.

In 2019, a woman who was 20 years old at the time alleged that Jabulani Khumalo sexually assaulted her in his home. Although details of how the two met were sketchy, the victim’s statement said Khumalo had contacted her via WhatsApp on January 14, 2019 and offered her a lift home in KwaMashu.

An assault case, which the woman opened at the Greenwood Park police station, Durban, on January 17, 2019, did not lead to any persecution because the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) concluded that there was no much evidence.