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NFP faces serious leadership inconsistencies: Mathekga

The challenge with splinter parties in South Africa is that they tend to rely too much on the personality of the leader rather than institutionalising the core functioning of the party.

This is the view expressed by Political Analyst, Ralph Mathekga, responding to the National Freedom Party being excluded from the upcoming local government elections because of an administrative error.

The party missed the deadline to pay its deposit to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The Electoral Court has also dismissed its application for a review after it had applied to the court for condonement, citing human error.

Speaking on the SAfm, Mathekga says the NFP has relied far too much upon the leadership of party president, Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, to a point where its current leaders are now unable to function efficiently without her.

NFP Youth President, Sibusiso Mcwabe, says kaMagwaza-Msibi’s illness has since posed serious challenges and difficulties to the party and that her absence has caused voids in administration issues.

Mathekga says this “worrying trend” highlights serious inconsistencies and challenges with the current party leadership and its capability to even govern a municipality.

“What you have now is a situation where this party with a good standing has got voters stranded and in the middle not knowing exactly what it is they need to do…it’s like the current leaders are unable to think beyond the leadership of kaMagwaza-Msibi…The mistake of failing to forward the money to the IEC has something to do with the internal wrangles within the party…and raises questions whether they can run a municipality after failing to deal with such a simple administrative issue.”

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