Council denies NFP rally

2014-02-03 00:00

NATIONAL Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi yesterday took her election campaign — under the watchful eye of the police — to the backyard of IFP’s leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi at Nkonjeni near Ulundi.

But, Magwaza-Msibi’s hopes of holding a rally a stone’s throw from Buthelezi’s homestead were dashed after the traditional council allegedly did not give her party permission for the rally near the Nkonjeni hospital.

This was apparently due to the party approaching the council, which felt was being dictated to by the NFP, on Friday.

When their request was turned down, the NFP approached the nearby Mbatha traditional council with another request to hold their rally about four kilometres from Buthelezi’s homestead.

Local NFP leader Bhekani Khanyile made the revelation when he addressed the rally, saying it was a problem experienced across the wards.

“Even if it is like that, we are happy to assure you that we have no fears,” he said to applause from the thousands.

When journalists asked Magwaza-Msibi to explain the matter, she said, “They did not give us permission.”

She did not give details except to call on Khanyile to explain, saying the NFP leadership had not been briefed.

In what could be interpreted as a swipe at the IFP leader, Magwaza-Msibi visited the house of Buthelezi’s oldest son, Themba Maxwell, for whom she had built a four-room house a few years ago.

She offered the epileptic Themba an NFP T-shirt during her door-to-door campaign.

Themba later complained of his father’s intense dislike for him after Magwaza-Msibi built him a house.

“He got angry and I saw that from his actions because he stopped looking after me. He does not give me a thing,” said Themba who is in his 60s.

While Magwaza-Msibi did not mention Buthelezi, she said her party was there to rewrite history.

“We are here to write a book. You can’t stop the NFP,” she said.

“We gave you an opportunity. We are taking Ulundi, Zululand and KwaZulu-Natal.’

Magwaza-Msibi also said the NFP was tired of people who, when given votes, disappeared from the voters and forgot about them.

She criticised leaders who, when voted to power, would build tarred roads to their homesteads and bring electricity only in their areas.

“We want people who will care for others,” she said in reference to Buthelezi.

In Nkonjeni, the tarred road leads up to the homestead of Buthelezi and the traditional council under his clan.

She called on the Nkonjeni people to vote for the NFP so that it could be in power after the elections.

“You know me, I grew up here. I spent my life working hard for the IFP.

“There is no one who worked harder than Zanele in the IFP,” Magwaza-Msibi said

She said it was time for the NFP to be in government as both the ANC and IFP have had their chance to govern the province for 10 years

“We are committed to working for the people,” she said before lashing out at the distribution of food parcels to people according to political affiliation.

She told the thousands that her party would not enter into any coalitions before the general elections.

“We won’t get into any alliances with any party in the period leading to the elections. We will consider that on the basis of the elections results.”

The NFP said her party hoped to win two million votes and urged party volunteers to campaign for the NFP in their areas, especially the vote of the youth and women who were the majority.

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