NFP has eyes set on ruling KZN

2013-02-25 00:00

IF things go according to the National Freedom Party’s wishes, the party should be the ruling party in KwaZulu-Natal when general elections are held next year.

The party said if it failed to unseat the ANC, it planned to overtake the IFP and become the main opposition.

NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi unveiled the party’s goals yesterday during the party’s second anniversary at Princess Magogo Stadium in kwaMashu, Durban.

Magwaza-Msibi also said the NFP wanted to get 1,8 million votes next year and improve on the 1,2 million it obtained in 2011, so that it can get “significant” representation in the National Assembly and other provincial legislatures.

IFP leader in the Legislature Blessed Gwala poured scorn on Magwaza-Msibi’s comments.

“It is a joke that NFP as a surrogate of the ANC can be leading this province or be the official opposition,” Gwala said.

He also said the people who were hoodwinked into joining the NFP have realised that the NFP was used to destroy the IFP with the support of the ruling party.

“Those people are coming back in droves back to the IFP. The NFP cannot live without the IFP because it operates like a parasite. It can’t get people anywhere else except the IFP,” Gwala said.

The ANC had not commented at the time of going to press.

The NFP was formed as a breakaway from the IFP on the eve of the municipal elections in 2011. During those elections it won the eDumbe Municipality outright and entered into coalition with the ANC to co-govern 19 other municipalities.

The NFP has recruited former IFP leaders Stanley Dladla and Sipho Mbatha to head their organising department.

No incidents were reported following the NFP rally, Captain Thulani Zwane said last night.

There was tight security at the stadium, with the NFP enlisting the services of a private security company to add to the already strong police presence there.

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