Don’t avenge councillor’s assassination, NFP leader urges

2011-05-09 00:00

A SMALL group of National Freedom Party (NFP) supporters turned out to hear an address by the party president, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, at Blackburn Stadium in Sweetwaters on Saturday.

They sang and danced to songs that were recently composed for the two-and-a-half-month-old party and cheered loudly when she arrived accompanied by a strong contingent of security guards.

The NFP leader, known to her supporters as “Njinji” or “VZ”, called on her supporters not to avenge the death of their councillor candidate, Elias Dube (53), who was gunned down recently at his home at Kwa­Nyavu in Camperdown by unknown gunmen wearing balaclavas.

She said she does not want her party to be built on a foundation of blood, but rather for it to be associated with peace.

KaMagwaza-Msibi said she was appalled at a statement made on Gagasi FM by the chairperson of the Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, that a vote for the NFP is a vote for the African National Congress.

“We are an independent party that is not affiliated with any political organisation. The NFP is not ‘IFP Lite’ but an independent party.”

The NFP’s focus now is on doing well in the election on May 18, she said, and since it is a new party it can only work on its policies after the elections.

“We are blamed by others who claim that we do not have a policy. They forget that the ANC was formed in 1912, but their policies were founded on the Freedom charter in 1954.”

She said she aims to mobilise more members so that they can formulate a party policy that will be decided by the people. “Our policies will not be a cut-and-paste of the IFP policies,” she assured her followers.

KaMagwaza-Msibi called on all NFP councillor candidates in the Umgungundlovu District Municipality, including those on the proportional representation list, to work hard for their communities.

“If you had a big position in the IFP, you know that this a new party, so do not think that being part of the NFP you will still occupy your old position,” she added.

She said she would not tolerate laziness from NFP councillors and boasted that for the past 14 years as the Zululand Mayor she had never received a qualified audit.

Her party has registered to vote in all provinces except Northern Cape.

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