NFP members face loss of employment after Electoral Court ruling

The NFP is excluded from the elections after failing to meet an IEC deadline for the payment of its deposit.

FILE: NFP supporters are pictured outside the South Gauteng High Court on 29 July 2016. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Freedom Party (NFP) says an Electoral Court decision to dismiss its bid to participate in the municipal elections will see the livelihoods of hundreds of people affected.

The NFP has been excluded from this year's polls after failing to meet an Independent Electoral Committee (IEC) deadline for the payment of its deposit.

The party had approached the court claiming it had new evidence to support its bid to have the IEC bend its electoral timetable.

Party leaders say while they are disappointed by the ruling, they will accept the court's decision and start preparing for the next election.

But with the NFP no longer able to participate in the polls, many of its members face a loss of employment.

The party's Bheki Gumbi said, "We also lose the remuneration, in other words there will be a well-planned unemployment, but it's fine. Life will go on; all I'm saying is that the party is alive and this is not the end of it."

The NFP will now only be allowed to contest the Nquthu Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.