- The IEC has confirmed that the FF+ was successful in its application to have the BLF deregistered
- The BLF was found to have violated the Electoral Commission Act
- This is because the party's constitution allows only black members
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) confirmed on Monday that it would be de-registering Black First Land First (BLF).
This comes after the Freedom Front Plus lodged an appeal to have the party removed.
AfriForum's application was successful, as the IEC agreed that the BLF was wrong to allow only black members in.
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This comes as BLF's party constitution says that only black people are allow to join, Briefly.co.za has gathered. The IEC said that this amounted to a violation of Section 16 of the Electoral Commission Act, as it based membership on race.
FF+ leader Pieter Groenewald described the ruling as a "victory in the end for democracy", according to Eyewitness News. He said that the future political parties would be forced to take note of the ruling.
However, the BLF has not taken the ruling lying down. Already, the party's deputy-president Zanele Lwana has described the IEC's decision as an assault on the party.
"We will do all that is within our power to ensure we continue to exist as an organisation," Lwana said. Additionally, Lwana suggested that FF+ was a "racist" organisation.
BLF has since said that they will fight the ruling. They claim that they are prepared to take the matter to the Constitutional Court if necessary.
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