NFP claims 17 seats so far

2011-05-19 08:48

The three-month-old breakaway National Freedom Party had secured 17 seats throughout the country by 9am this morning.

Said party convenor, Evans Sosibo: “We didn’t expect this at all. This party is still at infancy.”

“We are very happy because this sets a solid foundation for us in the 2014 election.”

The party, led by Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, is a splinter group from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), which has so far obtained 28 seats.

It said it was doing best in KwaZulu-Natal where it had obtained 51% of the vote in the Dumbe municipality and 56% in the IFP stronghold of Nongoma.

It had also taken the Motereng metro in North West.

Sosibo confirmed that sources on the ground claimed that the party had secured Cleveland in Johannesburg, but this still had to be confirmed.

“It’s obvious that our campaigning went well, especially in KwaZulu-Natal. We will definitely be celebrating this weekend,” he said.

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) had secured five seats, four of them in Eastern Cape.

Jana Warffemius, a UDM official, said it was an improvement from the 2006 municipal elections.

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