NFP hopes leader will be back before local govt elections

2016-02-22 17:43
Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi (The Witness)

Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi (The Witness)

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Durban – NFP chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe said on Monday that the party's president, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, could return before the local government elections.

Shelembe dismissed a report by The Mercury that the party would not be ready for the 2016 local elections. According to the report, the party feared it would have devastating results in the elections without its leader.

"She is under the care of the doctors and she is recovering well. They are looking at releasing her before the elections," Shelembe said.

KaMagwaza-Msibi, who is also the deputy minister of science and technology, suffered a stroke at her Newcastle home on November 17, 2014.

In a letter penned to her followers last year, KaMagwaza-Msibi said she was in a coma for days and there was a point when doctors had feared the worst. She had been given a 30% chance of survival.

"When she is released there is a lot of work to be done, but she is resting at home and we are hoping for the best," Shelembe said, adding that the party was ready for the elections with several programmes rolled out in KwaZulu-Natal.

Politically motivated murder?

"We have started distributing the voter registration pamphlets and putting up posters. On Sunday, we will be launching a volunteers programme in Pongola," he said.

Discussing the murde of NFP leader, Phositshe Mbatha, 51, Shelembe said the party wasn't sure if it was a politically motivated killing. Mbatha was killed on Friday when unknown gunmen shot him and injured another person. A third person escaped uninjured.

"He was an active leader in his community, but we are not sure if it’s politically motivated. We hope that all parties will respect one another as the elections draw closer."

Shelembe said the matter was raised during a national executive committee meeting on Monday. "We hope that the police will get to the bottom of his death," he said.

"We want the national police commissioner and the... police minister to investigate if it was politically motivated because we want free and fair elections," said Shelembe.

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