‘NFP will not ask members to vote for ANC’

2016-07-26 10:34
NFP members in Mkhambathini this weekend. The party held a regional elective conference to elect leaders from Umgungundlovu district.

NFP members in Mkhambathini this weekend. The party held a regional elective conference to elect leaders from Umgungundlovu district. (Thamsanqa Magubane )

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Pietermaritzburg - The  NFP has denied claims that it has held talks with the ANC in the province with the view of asking its supporters to vote for the ruling party in the upcoming local government elections.

The NFP has been excluded from participating in the election because it failed to pay the R500 000 registration fee before the June 2 cut-off date.

While the two parties currently co-run 19 hung municipalities in the province, the NFP’s chances of participating in the August 3 poll are still up in the air with the Electoral Court expected to decide on Friday.

Acting national party chairperson Bheki Gumbi said the party would wait for Friday’s decision before deciding on the next move.

“As the leadership of the NFP, we wish to distance ourselves from the statement made by ANC KwaZulu-Natal deputy secretary, Mr Mluleki Ndobe, claiming that there were talks between the two parties with a hope of reaching an agreement that will see all NFP members voting for the ANC,” he said.

“We are not aware of such talks and as far as we are concerned, Mr Ndobe is trying to mislead our people. We have not held any talks with any political party at this stage, as our primary focus is the court case on Friday, which we strongly believe we will win as we have put together concrete evidence that will be presented in court.

“We wish to make a plea to political parties to stop misleading our people by making wild claims such as the talks between ourselves and the ANC. The NFP has structures and any decision pertaining to our next move, should we lose in court, will be taken after an extensive consultation with our structures and our president,” he said.

Meanwhile, the party’s youth structure, the NFP Youth Movement and its student wing National Students Movement, have called for the party’s NEC to recall from Parliament all the party leaders who have been suspended because of their involvement in the party’s failure to pay the IEC registration fee on time.

National chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe, general secretary Nhlanhla Khubisa, treasurer Xolani Ndlovu and deputy chairperson Sicelo Mabika were all suspended last month by the party’s national working committee.

NFP Youth Movement secretary general Busisiwe Tshabalala said the actions of leaders had damaged the party, and called for swift action against them. “This should be done as a matter of urgency and we can’t be represented by people who have brought the party to its knees and they should be recalled with immediate effect,” she said.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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