NFP, IFP leaders meet to end killings

2011-08-23 12:46
NFP and IFP leaders are meeting to find a solution to the killings of leaders of both parties, an NFP spokesperson says.
Durban - NFP and IFP leaders will meet on Tuesday to find a solution to the killings of leaders of both parties.

National Freedom Party leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi and Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi would not attend the meeting at 14:00 in Durban, said NFP spokesperson Zanele Cele.

"It is going to be attended by senior leaders from both parties. They will issue a statement after the meeting," she said.

The meeting was proposed by Buthelezi during an IFP rally in KwaMashu last week and was welcomed by kaMagwaza-Msibi.

14 NFP members killed

Last week, the NFP said 14 of its members had been killed since the party’s formation five months ago.

With only one arrest made in connection with the killings, it asked for a meeting with KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Mamunye Ngobeni.

NFP members broke away from the IFP earlier this year after months of tensions caused by lobbying for the IFP presidency position.

The split was a blow to the IFP which took controls of only three of KwaZulu-Natal’s 61 municipalities in the local government elections in May.

Most were won by the African National Congress. It formed coalitions with the NFP in nearly 20 municipalities where there was no clear majority.

IFP Youth Brigade national spokesperson Ntuthuko Majozi has commended Buthelezi for calling for talks.

"We support Shenge's calls for [an] IFP/NFP meeting to try and find a solution to the killings of the leaders of both parties," Majozi said.

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