(Genevieve Quintal, News24)
Durban - The National Freedom Party's failure to register for this year’s elections was an opportunity for other opposition parties, KwaZulu-Natal Democratic Alliance leader Zwakele Mncwango said on Tuesday.
"As a party, we cannot ignore this. With them disqualified, there are more opportunities to capture and service other municipalities."
The DA hoped to provide an alternative for NFP supporters, Mncwango said, adding that opposition parties played a vital oversight role.
"If we have a presence in all municipalities we can ensure any form of corruption or maladministration is monitored, followed up on, and dealt with."
NFP treasurer Xolani Ndlovu apparently failed to pay the party's registration fee to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) by the June 2 deadline.
The party’s national executive committee was responsible for making the payment. Ndlovu apparently sent the IEC a cheque, which bounced, and then only paid after the deadline.
The party challenged the IEC’s decision in the Electoral Court, but lost.
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