Durban – National Freedom Party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi on Monday apologised to party members after the Independent Electoral Commission disqualified it from contesting the August 3 elections.
She suspected a “third force” was responsible.
“It is my view that there's an element of a third force in the entire state of affairs, as everybody knows that some political parties never liked us and would be happy to see us fail,” she said in a statement.
The party would hold talks with members around the country to decide on its future after the Electoral Court on Saturday dismissed its challenge to the Electoral Commission of SA's (IEC) decision to disqualify it.
The party's treasurer Xolani Ndlovu apparently failed to pay the party's registration fee to the IEC by the June 2 deadline.
She apologised to party members and supporters and said she was hurt and upset by the developments. She called on them to stay calm.
“I urge them to refrain from over-reacting because something is being done about the whole situation. We are trying to sort it out the best way we can. It is for this reason that I urge them to continue mobilizing for the NFP support. We will re-emerge stronger out of this situation.”
She said the party would prove to its detractors that it was a stable organisation.
“We will demonstrate that we are not a mediocre political party, though some leaders that we trusted with senior leadership positions have let us down.
"We might be down but certainly not out," said kaMagwaza-Msibi.
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