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NFP member under investigation following poll exclusion

The party will not participate in this year’s elections after it was disqualified by the IEC.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Freedom Party (NFP) is investigating one of its members, who it claims sabotaged the party's hopes of contesting the upcoming local government elections.

The NFP claimed that the member deliberately failed to pay the party's registration fee because he was working with a rival political party.

It took up the issue with the Electoral Court but the complaint was dismissed. The party is now taking the matter to the Constitutional Court.

The NFP's Bheki Gumbi said that the party understood that the Independent Electoral Commission's (IEC) deadlines were legally binding.

"But the party as a whole was not aware that the individual who was entrusted with the responsibility of paying the money is now working for external people."

The NFP has over 200 councillors countrywide.

The NFP's Busisiwe Tshabalala said that the Zululand district was the five-year-old party's major stronghold.

"Zululand is an NFP municipality. No wonder it seems as if people are angrier in that area."

Supporters barricaded roads entering Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday after learning that the party hadn't paid its registration fee.