Elections: Ex-MPL calls for tolerance

2011-02-08 00:00

FORMER Pietermaritzburg Inkatha Freedom Party MPL David Ntombela has called for freedom of choice to be observed during the forthcoming local government elections

He set an example by allowing all political parties to canvas for support in his neighbourhood during the voter registration exercise this weekend.

Ntombela, who retired as MPL in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature in 2009 due to illness, spoke to The Witness from his home in Elandskop outside Pietermaritzburg at the weekend. His home is a stone’s throw away from the voting station at KwaMncane School.

A few metres from Ntombela’s home the ANC chairperson in the Moses Mabhida region, Edward Dladla, was going door to door, encouraging local residents to register and urging them to vote for his party

Local activists from the newly formed National Freedom Party were doing the rounds clad in orange NFP T-shirts, campaigning for Elands­kop residents to vote for the party led by former IFP national chairperson Zanele “VZ” Magwaza-Msibi.

Ntombela’s show of political tolerance comes as fears of clashes between NFP and IFP supporters during elections mount.

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