National Freedom Party (NFP) treasurer, Xolani Ndlovu, has vanished off the face of the earth following the party’s disqualification.
The party was defeated last week after it challenged the IEC’s decision in the Electoral Court.
Ndlovu, NFP secretary general, Professor Nhlanhla Khubisa, chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe and deputy national chairperson Scelo Mabika, were suspended last weekend over their failure to pay the party’s elections registration fee to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) by the June 2 deadline.
After the electoral court’s decision, Khubisa and Shelembe resigned, but later withdrew their resignations, while Xolani Ndlovu is yet to hand in his resignation letter.
Speaking also, National Freedom Party Youth Movement leader, Sibusiso Mncwabe, said Ndlovu must address the party on what went wrong.
“We are making attempts to speak to him and get to the bottom of this issue because we still need to know what happened, but we have tried him on his phone and we cannot get hold of him.
“He cannot just vanish, he must come back and explain what happened. We don’t want the same mistakes to happen in the future,” Mncwabe said on Monday.
Xolani Ndlovu’s Error Wrecks NFP
The youth leader pleaded with IEC to fine the party rather than impeding voters from exercising their rights.
“Our belief is that it would be unfair to stop almost one million voters from exercising their constitutional right. We know that there is an administrative error and harsh decisions will be taken.
We do not believe that the administrative error should supersede the constitutional right of the citizens,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Inkatha Freedom Party appeared to be celebrating NFP’s downfall. According to Mncwabe, IFP publicly declared that they want to see the NFP dead and gone.
He pleaded with IFP to rather focus on campaigning than poke-nosing into NFP’s affairs.
Apparently, people have been taking advantage of Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi’s ill health. NFP leader kaMagwaza-Msibi suffered a stroke in 2014.
The party’s secretary believes that kaMagwaza-Msibi’s absence should not dislodge the respect the party once had.
“The president works within a collective. If the president is unwell, the leadership still needs to be respected because the president does not work in silos,” Khubisa asserted.
The National Freedom Party was launched on 25 January 2011 by Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi. She was former chairperson of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).
The country’s fifth-political party won’t contest in August 3 local government election. This is as a result of what the party called an “administrative error” which made its treasurer pay R90‚000 deposit to IEC after June 2 deadline.