Mkhize holds out olive branch to voters angered by nominations

2011-05-16 00:00

POLITICAL parties rounded off their election campaigns in KwaZulu-Natal on a high note yesterday with mass rallies across the province in a last-minute attempt to woo voters.

At the ANC’s Siyanqoba rally at Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg, ANC provincial chairperson Zweli Mkhize sent a reconciliatory message to disgruntled ANC constituencies over the nomination process, saying problems that occurred during the process need to be addressed internally after the elections. He asked supporters to remain in the ANC family.

Mkhize said the ruling party will crush all opposition parties individually and even if they form a bloc against the ANC.

“Don’t follow the independents as they have already expelled themselves from the ANC. If they are in their right minds, they cannot stand on a railway line when the train is approaching …”

The rally was also addressed by Human Settlement Minister Tokyo Sexwale and ANC alliance leaders based in the province.

President Jacob Zuma’s address at a similar rally in Johannesburg was broadcast on a big screen.

At Empangeni, Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi reportedly attacked the ANC and the newly formed National Freedom Party, saying NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, the former IFP national chairperson, did tremendous damage to the IFP to fulfil her personal ambitions.

Buthelezi addressed another rally at Pomeroy in Msinga on Saturday where thousands of IFP supporters and local amakhosi attended.

NFP’s Magwaza-Msibi wrapped up her campaign by addressing a “Siyawina” rally attended by thousands of supporters at Albert Park in Durban.

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota arrived in a private plane to address his party’s rally at Port Edward on the South Coast as well as other areas in the region. Cope rallies were also addressed by its provincial chairperson, Nomhle Mahlawe.

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