BLF claims that IEC has given in to pressure from 'racist' FF Plus

BLF claims that IEC has given in to pressure from 'racist' FF Plus

- The BLF says they will appeal the IEC's ruling that they violated the Electoral Commissions Code

- The party's deputy-president also slammed the FF+ as "racist"

- This comes after the IEC confirmed that the FF+ had been successful in their attempt to have BLF deregistered

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Black First Land First (BLF) says that they will appeal the IEC's decision to have the party deregistered following an application from the Freedom Front Plus.

The IEC agreed that BLF violated the Electoral Commissions Code by allowing only black people to join their party.

However, BLF maintains that the IEC has given into pressure from a "racist" organisation.

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During a radio interview on Tuesday, BLF deputy-president Zanele Lwana said that she felt the party had sufficiently explained its decision to allow only black members. Lwana said the party would continue to defend its position, even taking the matter to the Constitutional Court if necessary, has gathered. 

Lwana added that the BLF and its legal team would study the IEC's ruling in the coming days and plan a way forward. 

"We believe this is a wrong decision to deregister our movement as a political party," she said, according to IOL.

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Additionally, Lwana slammed the FF+, which lodged the complaint against the BLF with the IEC. 

Initially, the IEC had ruled that BLF had not violated the Act, but they have since confirmed the argument advanced by the FF+. They maintain that the BLF's constitution contravenes the Act by basing party membership on race.

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