The National Freedom Party (NFP) has expelled its former treasurer-general Xolani Ndlovu for thwarting the party’s hope of getting a spot on the ballot paper in the municipal election.
On Monday, NFP acting national chairperson Bheki Gumbi disclosed Ndlovu was found guilty of five offences during a disciplinary hearing held in July.
The disciplinary committee found Ndlovu guilty of five charges, which are: misappropriation of party funds, bringing the party into disrepute for failing to register it with the IEC, gross dishonesty or corruption, false representation or deception to advance his own interests, “any other act of misconduct that would constitute just cause dismissal”.
Fun as it appears, the party said the former treasurer was expelled in absentia as he never for once appeared before the party’ disciplinary committee.
Gumbi is quoted in a statement as saying: “We still don’t know where Mr. Ndlovu is. During all the disciplinary hearings, not once did he show up, instead, he sent a representative, claiming he feared for his life.”
Mr. Xolani Ndlovu cost the NFP a spot on the voting paper after he apparently forgot to pay the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) NFP’s required deposit, – which prompted the IEC to disqualify the party from contesting the August 3 local government elections.
The National Freedom Party was launched on 25 January 2011 by Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi. She was the former chairperson of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).
The orange colour party’s troubles have continued to grow from bad to worse as about 20 of its MPs’ administration employees are yet to receive their salary for three months.
The party’s acting national chairperson Gumbi affirmed that the NFP is currently left with little or no money.
“I cannot give figures left in our bank account because this information would further tarnish the image of the party,” he said.