‘Fast-growing NFP is for all South Africans’

2011-03-28 00:00

FORMER Inkatha Freedom Party chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi says the National Freedom Party she formed recently is growing, with members joining in their thousands every day.

Addressing a rally in central Durban on Saturday, she said, “This party has absolutely nothing to do with the ANC or IFP.”

She told an audience made up mostly of women that the NFP will be welcoming new councillors from the ANC, IFP and the Democratic Alliance today and amakhosi from various parts of KwaZulu-Natal in mid-April.

“You must be equal to the task to welcome a new era, a fresh start, a new beginning, a new party, moving out of an emotional past for growth and personal development for all South Africans.

“We are not targeting the IFP or the ANC … I want people who are hard-working, dedicated and committed to our cause and to display respect for one another.

“We are not a party for the Zulus or a provincial party. We are a party for all South Africans.”

Magwaza-Msibi scoffed at talk that political parties formed after 1994 will die or become irrelevant. “With just 43 days since our formation, the party has grown to over 200 000 members … It’s huge …”

She said 14 ANC councillors from the Western Cape have joined the NFP and are standing as candidates in the local municipal elections to be held on May 18.

“People are turning away from the ANC. They want something new.”

She welcomed a few hundred new members said to have defected from the ANC in Maphumulo near Stanger.

— Witness Reporter.

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