A small group of NFP members have gathered at the Gugu Dlamini Park in Durban to protest against the IEC's decision to disqualify it after the party failed to pay the deposit. (Amanda Khoza, News24)
Durban – Sifiso Mkhwanazi’s hopes of becoming a ward councillor in Mtubatuba in this year’s elections have been dashed because the NFP missed the IEC’s payment deadline.
“I am deeply hurt that we are no longer going to be in the elections,” Mkhwanazi said on Thursday.
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He was among a small group of National Freedom Party members who came to Gugu Dlamini Park in Durban on Thursday to picket against the IEC’s decision to disqualify the party from competing in the August 3 local government elections.
It failed to pay its R400 000 deposit by the June 2 deadline.
He was meant to appear on the candidate lists as the party’s Mtubatuba ward 18 candidate.
NFP provincial chairperson Vikizitha Mlotshwa said the party would appeal the Electoral Commission of SA’s (IEC) decision in the Electoral Court in Bloemfontein on Friday morning.
It emerged on Tuesday that the party’s national executive committee, led by Maliyakhe Shelembe, Nhlanhla Khubisa, and treasurer Xolani Ndlovu were responsible for the election campaign and making the payment.
Ndlovu’s cheque to the IEC apparently bounced.
Mkhwanazi said he was told that a party official paid after the deadline.
“If we are not allowed to contest as the fifth biggest party in the country, we will make sure that South Africa is ungovernable because we have a right to vote,” said Mkhwanazi.
Sibongile Dlamini, a member of the NFP’s provincial executive committee from ward 10 in Msinga, joined the party when it was formed in 2011.
“We are hurt but we came out today to ask that we be allowed to vote. There are members of the NFP everywhere and we are begging the IEC to include us,” she said.
Its members would not vote on August 3 if they could not vote for the NFP, she said.
They were told that Ndlovu forgot to make the payment.
How could they forget
“We cannot understand how do you forget to make payment for the elections? That is why we went to the NFP offices yesterday to find out how he could forget such a basic thing.”
She hoped he would give them an explanation during a meeting on Saturday.
Ndlovu reported to Shelembe and they should have checked that everything was in order, she said.
“Our national chairperson is also unable to give us an explanation of what really happened.”
She said the party was not cash strapped.
“I think there was negligence. We are not really sure what is behind the negligence and what is happening,” said Dlamini.
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