NFP to elect leaders in December
Durban - The National Freedom Party, formed after a breakaway from the IFP, will elect its leaders in December, the party said on Wednesday.
"We have set aside the 2nd to the 5th December for the elective conference," NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi told reporters in Durban.
The conference was supposed to take place immediately after the May 18 local government elections, but was postponed because branches had not been formed.
She said her party was ready to host the elective conference, saying 800 branches had already been established.
The NFP will hold its first policy conference in Johannesburg on Saturday and the policies crafted during the conference will be presented during the elective conference in Pietermaritzburg.
The NFP was formed by Inkatha Freedom Party members early this year after campaigns for positions in the IFP turned ugly. As a result, the IFP gained an outright majority in only two municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.
It controlled 29 municipalities before the elections.
The NFP was voted in by 1.2 million people during the elections and it has 242 councillors throughout the country.
It has 227 councillors in KwaZulu-Natal, six in Mpumalanga, five in Gauteng, two in the Eastern Cape and two in North West.
The NFP's performance was beyond expectation and had defied the prophets of doom, Magwaza-Msibi said.
"It is not true that people are going back to the IFP. Our membership is growing all the time. We have people from all political parties who have just joined us," she said.
IFP national organiser Albert Mncwango recently said the NFP formation had affected only a few of its branches. The IFP's elective conference was supposed to have been held in July 2009, but has been postponed several times.
Magwaza-Msibi said her party's national working committee had prepared 49 draft policies and that only 10 had been prioritised for presentation during the upcoming conference.
"The remaining policies will receive further in depth discussions and refinement and presented to the members as the work in progress," she said.
Some draft policies were on rural development, traditional leadership, housing, poverty alleviation and education, she said.