NFP SG Professor Nhlanhla Khubisa and national chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe (Amanda Khoza, News24)
Durban - National Freedom Party leaders need to engage their members to ensure that stability in KwaZulu-Natal is not compromised ahead of the August 3 local government elections, KwaZulu-Natal Community Safety MEC said on Saturday.
MEC Mxolisi Kaunda in a statement said he met with the beleaguered party which has been allowed to contest the elections in one municipality in the province after the Electoral Commission of South Africa [IEC] disqualified it from the elections for failing to pay the deposit by the June 2 deadline. The party has been allowed to contest elections in Nquthu.
The party has approached the Constitutional Court in a bid to have the Electoral Court’s decision set aside so that the party could participate in the elections.
Kaunda met with the NFP leadership in the province on Friday afternoon to discuss issues relating to illegal protests led by their members in various parts of the province.
On Tuesday, 28 NFP members were arrested after they blockaded a busy road on the turn-off to Ulundi near Melmoth in KwaZulu-Natal. They were protesting against the party being disqualified from the upcoming elections after it failed to pay the registration fee by the June 2 deadline. The suspects were expected to appear at Babanango Magistrates Court on August 16.
NFP Chairperson Erickson Zungu and top police management in the province were present in the meeting.
“We sympathise with the NFP on the current developments. However, they must refuse to be part of any instability in the province. Random and illegal protests have a potential of causing havoc in the province and this must be discouraged. All gatherings must be held following legal processes and necessary permits must be obtained from relevant local authorities,” said Kaunda.
The meeting resolved that all political parties would work together for a peaceful election.
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