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NFP argues that political sabotage led to exclusion from elections

The National Freedom Party (NFP) has claimed that it is a victim of deliberate sabotage after the party was disqualified from contesting in the municipal elections.

The NFP had missed the payment deadline to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) and then filed for an appeal at the Electoral Court.

NFP lawyers told the Electoral Court that there were exceptional circumstances which led to the party's late payment, reports EWN's Thando Khubeka.

The lawyers argued that the IEC registration fee was paid late because the party's national treasurer had deceived NFP leaders, claiming that everything was in order.

They claim that their treasurer Xolani Ndlovu sabotaged the party on behalf of its rival party, the Inkatha Freedom Party.

Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter

Lawyers claim that even the ruling party supports the NFP's inclusion in the local government elections on August 3rd.

However the IEC has argued that it would be unconstitutional to amend its timetable, regardless of the NFP's circumstances.

The court has reserved judgement on the matter.

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