Mistrust mars NFP’s first elective conference

2011-11-14 00:00

THE inaugural elective conference for the Pietermaritzburg district of the National Freedom Party (NFP) — the process to elect district leaders and nominate national and provincial leaders — was marred by a minor scuffle on Saturday.

At the opening of the conference, which took place at Mpumuza Community Hall on Saturday, delegates discovered that Mkhambathini (Camperdown) had brought more delegates than required.

The hall was cleared and the delegates were counted by constituency before they were allowed back in.

The conference nominated NFP founder Zanele Magwaza-Msibi to be the president of the party, while former Okhahlamba mayor and Uthukela executive council (Exco) member Vikizitha Mlotshwa was nominated to lead the party in KwaZulu-Natal.

Their positions will be confirmed at the national elective conference, scheduled for December at the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Former uMtshezi mayor and current Uthukela deputy mayor, Maliyakhe Shelembe, was nominated to be the national chairperson.

Former Inkatha Freedom Party councillor in Mpendle Municipality, Thami Mncube, was elected district chairperson.

The NFP’s Msunduzi caucus leader, Ntokozo Bhengu, was nominated to contest a position in the provincial leadership.

Doris Hlongwane of Msunduzi and Fana Dlamini of Mkhambathini were elected as chairpersons of the party’s women’s and youth movements respectively.

The provincial conference is scheduled to take place on

November 20.

• skhumbuzo.miya@witness.co.za

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