A member of the National Freedom Party (NFP) has threatened to make Mzansi land ungovernable should the party fail to contest in the upcoming elections.
Sifiso Mkhwanazi’s hopes of becoming a ward councillor in Mtubatuba in this year’s elections was dashed after the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), disqualified the NFP for not paying registration fees on time.
“If we are not allowed to contest as the fifth biggest party in the country, we will make sure that South Africa is ungovernable because we have a right to vote,” said Mkhwanazi.
Mkhwanazi said that he felt deeply hurt that the party won’t be pitting wits against other political parties on August 3.
National Freedom Party Members Enraged
Another member of the NFP’s provincial executive committee from ward 10 in Msinga, Sibongile Dlamini, begged the IEC to re-consider the party and allow them contest in the elections.
Dlamini also threatened that NFP members will not vote if the IEC bars them from contesting on August 3. The vexed executive committee member slammed the party’s treasurer, Xolani Ndlovu, for forgetting to make the payment on time.
“We cannot understand how do you forget to make payment for the elections? That is why we went to the NFP offices yesterday to find out how he could forget such a basic thing. I hope he would give them an explanation during a meeting on Saturday,” she said.
Others alleged that there was negligence but hoped to find out what really was behind the negligence during the party’s next meeting.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the party’s national executive committee, headed by Maliyakhe Shelembe, Nhlanhla Khubisa, and treasurer Xolani Ndlovu were responsible for payment to the IEC and taking care of the party’s election campaign.
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.