- Black First Land First has officially been deregistered as a political party
- The Electoral Court has rejected the party's application to appeal its deregistration
- Andile Mngxitama has slammed the ruling, adamant that the judiciary has failed
Black First Land First has lost its bid to appeal the deregistration of the political party.
News24 reports that the Electoral Court had rejected the BLF's application to appeal its deregistration.
The IEC code ensures that a political party may not exclude membership based on race, colour or ethnicity. BLF's constitution clearly states that only black people can become members, Briefly.co.za.
The party had argued in its appeal that the wording in the constitution had been misinterpreted and that other racial groups could be viewed as black.
The Freedom Front Plus has argued that the party had made it clear white people were not allowed to join the BLF in numerous media interviews and under oath.
On the ruling handed down on Monday, FF+ leader Pieter Groenewald had commented that:
"The deregistration of the BLF as a political party is a victory for the whole of South Africa, because the racial hatred and intolerance expressed and advocated by Mngxitama and his cronies must not be tolerated."
While the ruling was welcomed, Groenewald says he was concerned that the IEC had allowed the BLF to register in the first place:
"However, it is still worrying that the IEC violated the law with the registration of the BLF. Legislation may not only be seen as a guideline but must be adhered to. No one is above the law."
Leader Andile Mngxitama says that the party will not be pursuing the matter any further.
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