By Celani Sikhakhane
NFP’s elective conference, the Pietermaritzburg High Court has given it the go-ahead.
The party’s national and provincial conferences will take place in December to replace the late NFP president Zanele kaMagwaza Msibi.
Mavundla’s court papers argue that organisers of the upcoming elective conferences are not actual members of the NFP.
On Thursday, Judge Piet Koen not only dismissed Mavundla’s bid but also handed him the costs: “Mr Mavundla is directed to pay the cost of the applicants in his capacity but limited to one counsel,” he said.
Mavundla is already facing a visit by the sheriff of the court to attach his assets after he failed to pay the R190,000 cost to the court in a case he filed in 2019 against former secretary-general Teddy Thwala which was also dismissed with costs.
Speaking to Scrolla.Africa, Thwala expressed relief at the timeous ruling: “This ruling comes at a pivotal moment as it paves the way for the provincial conference in Newcastle tomorrow. The court’s decision affirms our position as the recognised interim national executive committee of the NFP.”
Although Mavundla was absent during the ruling when approached by Scrolla.Africa, he was visibly annoyed.
“I have no comments to offer. Write as you please. Please refrain from pressuring me further; I’m switching off my phone,” Mavundla said.
The provincial elective conference is set for this weekend at the Natu Centre in Newcastle.
This event will set the stage for the national elective congress in December. This upcoming conference is important, marking the party’s transition after several leaders exited the NFP to establish their political factions.
Pictured above: NFP Acting President and former Nongoma mayor, Jeremiah Mavundla
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