Durban – Twenty-eight supporters of the National Freedom
Party were arrested on Tuesday after they blockaded a busy road on the turn-off
to Ulundi near Melmoth, police said.
The people were protesting against the party being
disqualified from the 2016 local government elections after it failed to pay
the registration fee by the June 2 deadline.
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The NFP had challenged the Electoral Commission of South
Africa's (IEC) decision to disqualify it, but lost its case in the Electoral
Court on Saturday.
Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said the group had gathered
around 01:00 and that police had used rubber bullets to disperse the
"About 28 suspects were arrested and will be charged
with public violence at Babanango police station. Two protesters were wounded
during the protest, but it is not clear how they were wounded."
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Zwane said the road had since been cleared, but the police
were still monitoring the situation.
NFP spokesperson Sabelo Sigugu said he had received a report
that NFP members were protesting in Ulundi, Nongoma, and were mobilising at the
"Provincial leaders are intervening in different areas.
We are calling for calm."
Sigudu said the party would be approaching the
Constitutional Court on Tuesday to challenge the Electoral Court’s dismissal.
"The papers are ready, we are ready to go to
court," said Sigudu.
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