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NFP accuses some leaders of sabotage

The NFP has pointed fingers at an apparent third force for its current woes.

FILE: IEC staff getting ready for voter registration at Fezekile Secondary in Oudtshoorn on 5 March 2016. Picture: Petrus Botha/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Freedom Party (NFP) has accused some of its leaders of sabotage after the party failed to pay a deposit to contest this year's local government elections.

The NFP has officially been disqualified from next month's polls after the Electoral Court dismissed the matter.

At the weekend two senior party officials, including the secretary general resigned, following an internal meeting about the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s rules.

They have been accused of deliberately trying to prevent the party from contesting local elections.

The NFP, which was formed in 2011, has more than 200 councillors countrywide.

It expressed its disappointment at being disqualified.

LISTEN: Political analyst on NFP turmoil.

The party's Canaan Mdletshe says what has happened to the party is not surprising, pointing fingers at an apparent third force.

"Immediately after the ruling was made some party members resigned and that makes you feel that there was sabotage."

Mdletshe says their legal battle to try and contest the elections may not be over yet.

"We are considering taking the matter to the next level which is the Constitutional Court."

NFP president Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi has apologised to supporters and has called for calm while leaders chart a way forward.