NFP leadership debacle leaves IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi confused

2016-07-07 05:39
(Jenni Evans, News24)

Durban – Inkatha Freedom Party president, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Wednesday appeared to be just as confused about what was happening in the National Freedom Party as the media was.

Speaking at a press briefing in Durban, Buthelezi said he had instructed his members to inform the NFP leadership about his concerns about allegations of sabotage levelled against his party.

On Wednesday Buthelezi said he was concerned about threats made to IFP members.

He said a store in Nongoma had been vandalised and thought that the attack was in retaliation of the Electoral Commission's decision to disqualify the party from the local government elections.

The NFP had challenged the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa's (IEC) decision to disqualify it, but lost its case in the Electoral Court on Saturday.

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 after it failed to pay the registration fee by the June 2 deadline.

Cases of assault opened

The party on Wednesday said it was finalising documents to appeal the Electoral Court's decision at the Constitutional Court.

Earlier this week, the party's secretary general Professor Nhlanhla Khubisa and national chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe resigned from their positions following the election blunder. They later withdrew their resignations but it was not clear whether the NFP had accepted their resignations or not.

Buthelezi said, "Our general of administration was instructed to immediately communicate with the National Freedom Party's general secretary Professor Nhlanhla Khubisa but what had appeared in the media is very confusing, whether he is in or out of the party.

"But in spite of that I said he should be informed but his phone was off."

He said he told his members to get hold of the national chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe. "If Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi was not sick, I would have personally spoken to her."

He said IFP members had been assaulted in Mtshezi and cases had been opened.

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