Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court will hear an application for leave to appeal in the matter on the rights of Independent candidates to contest elections.
The chief justice has directed that the application be set for hearing on Thursday at 10am, six days before the country is due to go to the voting polls on 8 May.
"The case, in the matter of the New Nation Movement (NNM) NPC and others versus the President of the Republic of South Africa and others, was argued before Judge Desai in the Western Cape High Court on 27 March and judgment was handed down on 17 April," New Nation Movement spokesperson, Tshego Motaung said.
"The case was dismissed and consequently the New Nation Movement (NNM) brought an application to the Constitutional Court to appeal the judgment and seek relief on an urgent basis," he said.
"The fact that the Constitutional Court has deemed it necessary to consider the application for leave to appeal the ruling of the Western Cape High Court on an urgent basis is indicative of the court's view of how gravely important is the right of citizens to fully exercise their political rights, as enshrined in section 19 of the Constitution."