Pretoria - The embattled National Freedom Party (NFP) said on Thursday that it was very humbled by the number of votes it was receiving despite dwindling support at the polls.
The party had received only 27,678 votes after 64 percent of the valid votes counted on Thursday night, a huge decline from the 288,742 or 1.57 percent which secured it six seats in Parliament in 2014.
Mzwakhe Sibisi, acting secretary of NFP, said that they understand why their numbers are dwindling, but the party was working on a plan to revive its support.
"We have to agree that our campaign had hiccups but we are trying to rectify those mistakes. So we appreciate the support we are getting considering the situation we are coming from," Sibisi said.
"Our president's illness has hit us badly, failing to participate in the 2016 local government elections also had a negative impact because we were dependent on the money received by our councillors. So immediately when there is no income, as political parties rely a lot on funding, we can't run a political party dependent on membership fees only."