Magwaza-Msibi: NFP will not tolerate self-serving councillors

2011-05-05 00:00

THE leader of the National Freedom Party (NFP), Zanele “VZ” Magwaza-Msibi, has warned more than 1 500 KwaZulu-Natal candidates in the local government elections that they will face expulsion as the party’s councillors should they fail to adhere to its policies.

The councilliers will need to hold meetings with their constituencies at least once in every two months, she declared.

Magwaza-Msibi was addressing the NFP’s Siyawina rally, attended by thousands of party supporters at Wembesi Sports Ground in Estcourt yesterday.

The NFP leader introduced all the NFP local government election candidates in the uThukela District and explained what is expected of them as NFP councillors.

“We will not tolerate people who will leave their present areas and settle in the suburbs after being elected as councillors. We want councillors who will become servants of the people, not the untouchable masters.

“Our councillors will be expected to visit each and every household in their wards to learn about the living conditions of people in their wards so that we will know what should be the municipalities’ intervention.

“We don’t want people who are power-hungry and will be coming to our party for positions. All fraudulent and corrupt councillors will have no place in our party and once proven to be doing that, we will remove them.

“Those who will give municipality jobs to their family members, friends, girlfriends and boyfriends will be replaced with councillors who will work for the people,” Magwaza-Msibi said.

The uMtshezi rally was the first in a series of NFP’s Siyawina rallies that will be held in all KZN districts until May 17.

Magwaza-Msibi defended her party against the accusation that it has no policies, saying the party was only two months old and is still canvassing support.

“In all political parties founded under the principles of democracy, principles and policies are determined by the membership, so we could not put the cart before the horse by coming up with principles and policies before canvassing members.

“After the election we will hold policy conferences where our policies and principles will be determined by the people.”

Magwaza-Msibi criticised the ikatha Freedom Party for colluding with the ANC on Tuesday to remove the NFP mayor in the uMtshezi municipality, Bhekithemba Dlamini, saying it is surprising that the IFP has been accusing the NFP of being in cahoots with the ANC.

She said the NFP will decide after the elections which party parties it will co-operate with to govern municipalities where there are no outright winners.

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