Acting national party spokesperson of the National Freedom Party (NFP); Bheki Gumbi has denied allegations that members were asked to vote for the ANC on August 3.
Recall that in June, the NFP was disqualified from contesting for political positions in the the upcoming elections.
The party’s disqualification came after the party’s treasurer allegedly failed to meet the Independent Electoral Commission’s deadline for certain payments.
NFP’s treasurer; Xolani Ndlovu, subsequently went missing in action after the shameful blunder.
Bheki Gumbi Reiterates Party’s Stand
Reacting to a recent announcement by ANC KwaZulu-Natal deputy secretary; Mluleki Ndobe, that NFP members have been instructed to vote for the ANC; Gumbi said the party is yet to reach a consensus with the ANC on whether to vote for them or not.
He added that the new round of claims should be discarded as the NFP is still hopeful of pitting wits against other political parties on August 3.
“As the leadership of the NFP, we wish to distance ourselves from the statement made by the ANC KwaZulu-Natal deputy secretary, 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.
We are not aware of such talks and as far as we are concerned, Ndobe is trying to mislead our people.
We have not held any talks with any political party as 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.”
Meanwhile, the NFP is set to drag the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to the Electoral Court on Friday; following its exclusion from participating in the upcoming local government elections.
The National Freedom Party broke away from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and managed to pool six seats in the last general election; becoming the fifth largest party in the country.