NFP warns criminals in its ranks

2012-11-16 00:00

NATIONAL Freedom Party (NFP) leaders in KwaZulu-Natal, who were implicated in crime before joining the breakaway party, face the prospect of being taken to task by the party.

This emerged yesterday as NFP provincial leaders unveiled plans to check who was implicated in serious crimes.

“If anyone of us is implicated, we will quickly take action before it is exposed. That is a step we have taken as the provincial executive committee [PEC],” said provincial chairperson Vikizitha Mlotshwa yesterday, at a press conference in Durban.

The audit of leadership comes after certain party leaders were convicted for crimes they committed before joining the NFP.

This week, provincial secretary Vusumzi Khoza was found guilty by the Durban Regional Court for conspiring in public violence that resulted in deaths.

Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality councillor Nqabeni Mbatha was sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment three weeks ago for the murder of Sabelo Mkhize in 2006.

Also, some of the party’s councillors face charges for crimes allegedly committed since becoming NFP members.

eThekwini councillor Mzonjani Zulu faces a murder charge after he allegedly shot IFP member Siya Dlamini outside the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court last month, while Bhungu Gwala also faces a murder charge arising from the killing of IFP member Cebisile Shezi.

Mlotshwa said data was collated on all party leaders and councillors and a meeting would be convened to decide on those implicated. “We will take action so that the public can see the NFP is against those who are wrongdoers,” he said.

In an interview with The Witness, NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi supported the provincial initiative. She said no screening was done on the recruits’ lifestyles and backgrounds when the NFP was formed.

Political analyst Mcebisi Ndletyana said the NFP initiative was a positive move.


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