NFP moves election to 2012

2011-11-23 00:00

THE aborted KwaZulu-Natal provincial elective conference of the National Freedom Party (NFP) has been rescheduled to take place early next year, NFP national organiser Bonga Nzuza confirmed yesterday.

Nzuza said after deliberations on the matter during the weekly meeting of the party’s national working committee (NWC) on Monday evening, it was decided to move the conference to next year to avoid unnecessary strain while the party prepares for its national inaugural elective conference, scheduled for December 2-5 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg.

The provincial conference was aborted after delegates exchanged blows in a dispute over R50 registration fees that delegates had to pay before they were allowed into the conference venue.

Uthungulu (Empangeni) district, supported by eThekwini and Zululand districts, were objecting to the exclusion of delegates who did not pay the registration fees, while other districts were insisting that only delegates who had paid the registration fees should be allowed to vote for the provincial leadership.

The battle lines had been drawn between supporters of former Okhahlamba (Bergville) Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) mayor Vikizitha Mlotshwa and former IFP KwaHlabisa mayor (near Mtubatuba), Bobby Ntombela who were both vying for the provincial chairperson position of the NFP in KZN.

“The NWC regretted the disturbances that occurred during the KZN provincial conference and would like to apologise to branches and districts for expenses they went through only for the conference to be cancelled.

“We appeal to them to retain the registration slips that were given to them as they will be allowed to utilise them at next year’s conference,” Nzuza said.

Most of NFP members broke away from the IFP earlier this year after a power struggle between then IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi and IFP secretary-general Musa Zondi.

• skhumbuzo.miya@witness.co.za

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