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2 NFP leaders resign before elections

The NFP's chairperson and its secretary general resigned over the weekend.

FILE: Leader of National Freedom Party (NFP), Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The National Freedom Party (NFP) has lost two of its leaders a month before the local government elections.

The party is also fighting to be included in this year's elections after it was disqualified by the Independent Electoral Commission for not paying the required deposit by the deadline.

NFP chairperson, Maliyakhe Shelembe, and its secretary general, Nhlanhla Khubisa, resigned over the weekend.

It followed a meeting of the party's senior members to discuss non-compliance with the IEC's rules.

In a statement, party leader Zanele ka-Magwaza-Msibi urged members and supporters not to panic, adding the NFP was stable and would emerge even stronger than before.

"Their resignations were not surprising as the NWC of our party held a meeting on Saturday afternoon‚ which ran until very late where they deliberated extensively on various issues affecting the NFP which had brought our party into disrepute."

The NFP turned to the Electoral Court last week to challenge its disqualification from the upcoming elections.

The case was dismissed.

The NFP is hoping to strengthen its support in 19 municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal where there was no outright majority in the 2011 polls.

The party joined forces with the ANC to form coalitions to control hung municipalities five years ago.