NFP aims to take control of KZN

2012-01-31 00:00

THE National Freedom Party (NFP) leader, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, said she wants her party to take control of KwaZulu-Natal in the next general elections.

“We want to control the province and if we fail to do that we want to be the official opposition party,” she told reporters at a briefing about the party’s first anniversary celebrations planned for next month.

“We are visiting each constituency in each district in each province with a view to selling the party … You don’t go to people only because there’s an election approaching. We are doing now what other parties only do at election time,” she added

KaMagwaza-Msibi said the party is aiming to attract 1,8 million supporters in time for the 2014 general election.

“We’ll be foolish if we say we are going to campaign and want to finish fourth. All political parties want to govern, and we want to govern so that we can serve the people of this country. At national level we want to be the opposition party, and in Kwa-Zulu Natal there is a possibility we can take over the province.”

She added that the popularity of a party depended on how it appealed to South Africans. “As a leader ‘Zanele’ is known to be talking about development, to be working for the people — that is the legacy of our party.” She said service delivery was also a priority for the party.

The ANC controls the province with the Inkatha Freedom Party as its official opposition.

Buoyed by the 2,4% of the national vote it received during the local government elections in May 2011, the NFP is seeking to secure at least five percent of the national vote during the 2014 elections. KaMagwaza-Msibi said her party would soon unveil its plan for the next elections.

“We want to make a difference in the municipalities where we serve. We want to make service delivery a reality.”

The NFP controls the Zululand District Municipality and is in coalition with the ruling party in 19 municipalities in KZN after the 2011 local government elections.

“I expect to be judged by the quality of my leadership in Zululand. My fellow councillors, where we are represented, ask the same.”

She said tension between NFP and ANC councillors in a number of municipalities in the province had been ironed out.

“We have managed to sort the problems out …” she added.

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