Conciliatory mood at IFP, NFP meeting
Durban - The IFP and the National Freedom Party met on Tuesday afternoon for "exploratory" talks on the killings of leaders of both parties since the formation of the NFP.
“The talks went well. There was a conciliatory mood. You can see yourself that there are no tensions,” IFP national chairperson Bhekisisa Mthethwa said.
The meeting was proposed by Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi during an IFP rally in KwaMashu last week and was welcomed by NFP leader, Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi.
Last week, the NFP said 14 of its members had been killed since the party's formation five months ago. Mthethwa said he did not know how many IFP members had been killed.
NFP members broke away from the IFP earlier this year after months of tension caused by lobbying for the IFP presidency.
The Tuesday talks were attended by four delegates from each party.
“Both parties reject violence and are committed to work towards attaining peace in KwaZulu-Natal and elsewhere in the country,” said Professor Nhlanhla Khubisa, who led the NFP delegation.
He described the meeting as ground breaking, adding that talks would ensure that there was an environment of free political activity.
During the meeting, issues affecting both parties were discussed and the delegates will report to their parties before a comprehensive statement is issued.
It was agreed that bilateral talks would continue to ensure that there are no further tensions.
Buthelezi and kaMagwaza-Msibi did not attend the meeting.
IFP national organiser, Albert Mncwango, said Buthelezi and kaMagwaza-Msibi did not attend the meeting because the talks were “exploratory talks”.