NFP looking beyond KZN

2011-04-21 00:00

DESPITE having been established only at the end of January — barely three months before the May 18 local government elections — the National Freedom Party will be contesting the election in all KwaZulu-Natal municipalities as well as in municipalities in the other provinces.

NFP national election manager Maliyakhe Lymon Shelembe said the party is registered to field candidates in eight provinces across the country except the Northern Cape.

The NFP is led by former IFP national chairperson Zanele “VZ” Magwaza-Msibi. It operates with an interim constitution, but has drafted a 10-point election manifesto for the elections which it is using in its campaign.

In Msunduzi the NFP is contesting 25 out of 37 wards. Most of these wards are in rural and township areas.

Candidates will be introduced to the public during a roadshow starting on Monday.

The party’s main election rally for the uMgungundlovu district will take place on May 7 at a venue to be announced and that rally will be addressed by Magwaza-Msibi and other NFP leaders.

It will hold a national meeting on Tuesday to announce its mayoral candidates.

Shelembe said the NFP plan for Msunduzi Municipality is to ensure that all councilors and employees declare their interests and for lifestyle audits to be carried out. “This is to investigate the miraculous financial rise of certain councillors during their term of office.”

To guard the municipality against future financial collapse the NFP will enforce proper internal audit systems and transparent procurement procedures and policies to prevent qualified audit report, Shelembe added.

• To ensure that the administration of municipalities is of a sufficiently high standard to satisfy the needs of the people and introduce effective systems to enhance service delivery

• Ensure that all municipalities are functioning in accordance with the mandate of the people

• Enforce proper internal audit systems

• Updated the indigent database to provide free basic services to all who are in need

• Introduce fully functional customer-care centres to serve as first point of contact between municipalities and their communities

• Adopt a zero-tolerance approach towards fraud, corruption and all irregularities

• To limit the use of consultants and redirect those funds to capital infrastructure development

• Focus on developing waterborne sewerage systems, refuse collection and water reticulation where there is none and sustain existing infrastructure

• Improve integrated development planning among all government departments, parastatals and NGOs to speed up delivery

• Encourage local economic development by attracting local and international investment

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