NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi yesterday started her two-day election campaign in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality with a visit to Umlazi. During her visit, Magwaza-Msibi went to various parts of the township, including Mangosuthu University of Science and Technology, to meet voters. She also paid a visit to the NFP’s oldest member, Maria Xulu, and she visited the home of a party member who died last year. Magwaza-Msibi said the people of Umlazi have always longed to meet her and her party, hence the NFP’s visit. She also said the visit had formed part of the NFP’s programme to go all out to meet and listen to the aspirations of the people where they lived. “The issue is how we respond to them [needs of the people]. As a party, we are to respect them and will always be with them when tackling the issues of education and unemployment,” Magwaza-Msibi said. She also said housing was a critical issue in the Durban area — something her party would take up if elected to power. “A lot of people live in conditions of squalor 20 years into the democracy.” Magwaza-Msibi added that the visit to the area was also informed by the fact that Umlazi was the biggest township in KZN. “We felt that we needed to have a visibility campaign. We want to make it a point that there are no strongholds of political parties, especially in KwaZulu-Natal,” she said. During her interaction with the people, Magwaza-Msibi encouraged them to register for the upcoming general elections and also urged them to vote for her party, which is contesting the national and provincial elections for the first time. National organiser Bonga Nzuza said the party was intensifying its campaign and encouraged people to register during the weekend of February 8 and 9. This voter registration campaign was expected to culminate in the manifesto launch and NFP anniversary celebrations in Durban on February 16. The party has previously said that it aimed to be the ruling party in KwaZulu-Natal when general elections are held in the next few months. If it fails to unseat the ANC in that position, it hopes to overtake the IFP to become the official opposition, it said. Last year, Magwaza-Msibi had said the NFP wanted to increase the 1,2 million votes it obtained in 2011 to 1,8 million at this year’s election to register “significant” representation in the National Assembly and other provincial legislatures. According to Nzuza, the party today takes its second-day election campaign to kwaMashu, Lingelani, Inanda, Phoenix, Verulam and Tongaat.