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We support the NFP going to court over election disqualification – Mchunu

2016-07-08 19:35
Willies Mchunu after being sworn in as the new premier of KwaZulu-Natal in the Legislature. ~ Ian Carbutt, The Witness

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu said he supported the National Freedom Party turning to the judicial system to "resolve issues".

"They have a full right to go to the Constitutional Court. We will support you to go to any court in the country to resolve your issues."

Mchunu was speaking at a multi-party committee meeting where political parties pledged not to engage in political violence building up to the August 3 local government elections.

Mchunu said the NFP understood that the rule of law had to apply.

"They are not the first to experience this. The ANC has also been a victim of this. Not in KZN, but it has happened in other parts of the country. What is good that there are provisions in this circumstance.

"That is what we are encouraged by. The NFP has taken the matter [to] the courts. Courts are there to resolve situations that are difficult."

NFP treasurer Xolani Ndlovu apparently failed to pay the party's registration fee to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) by the June 2 deadline.

It emerged that the party's national executive committee were responsible for making the R400 000 payment. Ndlovu apparently sent the IEC a cheque, which bounced. He allegedly then paid the money after the deadline.

The party had tried to challenge the IEC's decision to disqualify it after it failed to pay its registration fee. The party announced last week that they lost their case in the Electoral Court.

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