NFP asked to dissolve branch

2012-10-26 00:00

THE uThungulu district office of the National Freedom Party has received a letter from members of the uMhlathuze constituency asking for the branch to be dissolved.

The NFP’s executive acting chairperson for the district, Mlungisi Ndlovu, said a letter has been received concerning the disbandment of the NFP’s executive committee of the uMhlathuze constituency.

“We received a letter from the NFP Youth Movement who, it would seem, were instructed by the various ward branches within the constituency to request the disbandment of the executive,” said Ndlovu.

He said the district will now investigate the request and follow party processes.

On October 13 at an NFP open meeting held at the Civic Centre in Empangeni, at which The Witness was present, members put forward a vote of no confidence against the executive.

However, the vote has revealed a rift within the leadership structures. The constituency’s deputy chairperson Sifiso Mathaba, who led the open meeting, said the decision to disband the committee was taken by the majority of the 30 to 40 members present. They represent the ward branches, executive and women and youth movements, although the exact vote numbers could not be given.

“I accept the decision of the members. The members said they were unhappy with how the branch is being managed, citing the fact that they have yet to have seen an annual report. This constituency is dissolved. The matter has now been passed onto the district,” said Mathaba.

But the uMhlathuze chairperson Lucas Sabelo, who was not present at the meeting as he had “another NFP engagement to attend”, said the branch has not dissolved and that the apparent vote of no confidence was in contravention of the party’s constitution.

“There was animosity between various members of the executive when we were elected in 2011 and this dissolving of the executive is being driven by these individuals. The meeting was illegal and we are likely to seek disciplinary action against the likes of Mathaba.

“The NFP executive will continue with their duties, and if there are people who resign, new people will be voted for,” said Sabelo.

He said all the members have the constitution, but it appears that they have not read it. — Witness Reporters.

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