Dladla crosses to NFP

2013-02-04 00:00

THE battle for new membership ahead of the next general elections has spurred political parties into some form of action in KwaZulu- Natal.

The National Freedom Party (NFP) welcomed an unspecified number of new members from the IFP, including IFPs former political heavyweight Stanley Dladla at Sahlumbe area in the uThukela district yesterday.

When asked how many people attended the event, NFPs spokesperson Maliyakhe Shelembe could only say they gave away more than 2 000 T-shirts.

NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi said the new members were part of her party’s campaign for next year’s elections.

“Although we will be contesting the general elections for the first time next year, being joined by senior political leaders like Mr Dladla gives us hope that we will do well,” said Magwaza-Msibi in a statement.

Dladla, a businessman and former mayor of uThukeka District Municipality, said he wanted to sue the police for R1 million for unlawful arrest in 2011. This was after he was arrested in Pretoria with six other men, including his son, on suspicion of dealing in gold and diamonds and possession of illegal firearms.

The charges were withdrawn when it was found that the firearms were licensed and that there was no evidence pointing to illegal dealings in gold and diamonds.

About Dladla’s crossing the floor to the NFP, IFP spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko said those who left the IFP were exercising their rights. “The IFP is a voluntary organisation. You come in and go out of your free will,” Mazibuko said.— Witness Reporter.

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