NFP to hold anniversary in IFP area KwaMashu

2013-02-19 00:00

THE National Freedom Party (NFP) plans to hold its second anniversary in KwaMashu, the stronghold of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), on February 24.

The party announced yesterday that its celebrations will be at the Princess Magogo Stadium, where its party leader. Zanele Magwaza-Msibi. will launch the party’s election campaign for the 2014 general elections.

“The president of our party will on this day outline salient matters of the party, and her address will set and kick-start a tone for our 2014 electioneering and campaign strategy,” NFP secretary-general Nhlanhla Khubisa said at a press conference in Durban.

Asked why they had chosen an IFP stronghold for the event, Khubisa said they believed there was no place called a no-go area. “We have a right to gather anywhere. We don’t believe there are people to debar us from holding our gatherings,” Khubisa said.

A convoy of vehicles transporting NFP leaders was stoned and a journalist’s car was torched at KwaMashu hostel, allegedly by IFP supporters, when the breakaway party went to canvass ahead of a by-election in 2012.

Magwaza-Msibi said her party had wished to hold the anniversary at the Curries Fountain Stadium, where it was formed two years ago, but the stadium was undergoing renovations.

“We will not be at the hostel.

“The [Princess Magogo] stadium is far from the hostel,” she said.

Magwaza-Msibi said they would work with police to ensure the safety of their members, adding that they would advise party members to use alternative routes to the stadium.

“The party has grown from strength to strength. When we were formed some people said we wouldn’t see the light of day.”

She said the party had cemented cracks that were showing in its unity when some members were disgruntled because they had not been elected to leadership positions.

Magwaza-Msibi downplayed the NFPs’poor performance in certain by-elections where it lost wards to the IFP.

“By-elections are no longer used as a barometer to test the support of a party,” said said.

“We will be judged by the coming national and provincial elections whether NFP is declining or growing.”

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