Sne Masuku
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28 May 2015
4:30 am

Nine suspended NFP members ‘stole millions’

Sne Masuku

The NFP alleged on Wednesday that the nine members recently suspended from the party's ranks had stolen millions of Rands of party funds.

FILE PICTURE: National Freedom Party national chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe, NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi and NFP secretary general Nhlanhla Khubisa. (Photo by Gallo Images / The Times / Thuli Dlamini)

This emerged as a press briefing which the party called to “bare all to the public” about the alleged mismanagement of funds since NFP president fell out of the public eye in November last year – reportedly due to severe medical reasons but officially to recover from exhaustion.

NFP councilor Wiseman Mcoyi said KaMagwaz- Msibi trusted the suspended members, also members of parliament, but that they had turned away from this perception of being “prodigal sons”.

The party’s National Working Committee (NWC) announced a few weeks ago that it had suspended some of its leaders, including Secretary General Nhlanhla Khubisa, National Chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe and Women’s League President Cindy Maphumulo- Mashinini.

“Enough is enough; no one can get away with spending money for their own use and not account for it. We are no longer going to work with people who want to drive the party to their own direction,” said Mcoyi.

“We cannot take the situation where people do whatever they want, taking advantage of the president’s absence. They must face any kind of punishment.”

He said after their suspensions, they failed to respect their suspension conditions by continuing to hold meetings and rallies in KwaZulu-Natal.

“We have taken the legal route by going to court for a court order restraining them from going anywhere near the party offices. They remain suspended until the outcome of a disciplinary hearing, but they still remain members of parliament,” Mcoyi said.

KaMagwaza-Msibi was last seen in public in November last year after suffering from a stroke.

Tensions within the party has been viewed as moves by factions within the party to fill the void left by the party president.

Although the leadership could not say exactly how much the party has lost, it estimated the amount to be in the millions.

Mcoyi said other details of how the money was taken from the party’s central account remained confidential as it was now an issue before the court.

“We are not going to take the route of collapsed political parties like COPE (Congress of the People) and Agang because we are not going to sit and watch. We are addressing problems as they happen,” he said.