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IFP denies sabotaging NFP participation in municipal polls

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has denied allegations that it paid a National Freedom Party (NFP) official R6 million to delay paying a deposit to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

 

IFP leader, Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi, spoke out during a visit to Empangeni on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast as part of his election campaign.

The NFP did not pay the required deposit to the IEC before the deadline to secure its participation in the upcoming local government elections. The IEC has since disqualified the NFP from participating in polls and also lost its appeal in the Electoral Court.

Buthelezi claims IFP posters have been removed by the NFP in some parts of the province, coupled with insults directed at him.

“They say that we actually, by being the friend of the court, are interested in the mitigation and we didn’t do that in order to make sure that they don’t get an opportunity. They are accusing us of that. As a result of that, our posters in Ulundi have been removed. Members of the NFP have actually blocked the road that leads to Ulundi…because we, the IFP, bribed their officials to drag their feet so that they could not vote…”

IFP senior official, Dr Cedric Xulu, who has been named as the one who allegedly made the R6million bribe, says it is neither the party’s policy nor his own to use bribes.

The NFP is still hopeful that the final verdict from the Constitutional Court will give it the go-ahead to contest the polls.

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