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NFP leader accepts resignations

The National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi has accepted the resignations of national chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe and Secretary-General Nhlanhla Khubisa from the party.

Both Shelembe and Khubisa are members of Parliament. Khubisa is the party’s Chief Whip in Parliament.

Shelembe’s deputy, Scelo Mabika, and Treasurer, Xolani Ndlovu, have been suspended from their positions.

Shelembe and Khubisa resigned late Saturday night following mounting pressure from party members after the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) disqualified the NFP from participating in the forthcoming municipal elections.

Shelembe says it was a difficult decision.“It’s true that I have tendered my resignation letter as National Chairperson of the NFP after I had a discussion with my family because it was not easy even to tell the members about my feeling. I had no choice but I had to respect the person who called the so called NWC meeting on Saturday,” says Shelembe.

According to Lawson Naidoo, the Executive Director of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, both Shelembe and Khubisa could lose their seats in the National Assembly as they have resigned from the party.

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