NFP gains from ‘hard work’

2014-05-09 00:00

HARD work and determination was the open secret behind the NFP’s success at the polls its leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi said last night.

“We were campaigning in all parts of the province. Our party has seen tremendous growth,” Magwaza-Msibi said yesterday.

Magwaza-Msibi said they had shown the electorate that they were pro-poor.

“Our aim is to be a government that will serve the people of this country,” she said about the theme of their election campaign.

She said apart from appealing to former IFP members, her party had taken support from other parties like the ANC.

“Most of our members are from the IFP constituency base, but we still appeal to everyone.”

She also ascribed their successful campaign to the party’s leadership and structures taken from the machinery of the IFP.

The party had managed to mobilise more than 30 000 volunteers for the elections in 51 municipalities in KZN.

“The volunteers were getting nothing. They took ownership of the party to secure their future. We wish it continues to stay that way.”

The volunteers, Magwaza-Msibi said, had made it easy to mobilise people when they had embarked on their campaign throughout the province where they had presence.

“We are a constituency-based political party. We went to the people,” she said referring to the party’s interaction with communities.

According to Magwaza-Msibi, her party had managed to overcome issues of funding and resources to mount an effective election campaign.

“There was a problem with funding. We had to fight with parties that had more than R5 million in their coffers,” she said, adding that some party members had secured loans for the party, which the party would repay over time.

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