ANC’s fear of NFP may spark violence, party boss warns

FILE PICTURE: NFP leader Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi is accompanied by her husband at the launch of the party's manifesto for the 2014 general elections yesterday. Picture: Zama Nteyi.

The ANC is afraid of the growing National Freedom Party (NFP), its leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi told thousands of supporters who packed Durban’s Curries Fountain Stadium yesterday.

Speaking at the official launch of the party’s 2014 election manifesto, she said that given these fears she was concerned there would be political violence in KwaZulu-Natal in the run-up to the general elections in May.

She urged the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to call an urgent meeting of the province’s political leaders.

“We have [to have] leaders committing themselves to peace and democracy.”

Msibi said the ANC had failed to implement its promises on a number of issues.

“What we are witnessing to-day is the vast discontent among the people who are expressing their grievances in widespread protests.”

She said the ANC had failed to address the plight of the majority and was focused on self-enrichment.

“The focus is on the accumulation of wealth and assets for the privileged and incidental service to the poor. The government has systematically violated their oath of office that they would uphold the Constitution.”

The stands and fields at the Curries Fountain Stadium were packed to capacity with supporters in orange shirts. Most had arrived by the busload. One group of supporters carried a coffin in the colours of the ANC.

Apart from launching its manifesto, the party was also celebrating the third anniversary of its founding. Last year Msibi said the NFP aimed to secure at least 1.8 million votes in this year’s general election.

Msibi said at the time the party wanted to at least become the

official opposition in KwaZulu-

Natal. The NFP garnered 1.2 million votes in the 2011 local government elections.

It was formed three months before the elections, after Msibi left the Inkatha Freedom Party, where she had been the national chairperson.

Those 1.2 million votes equated to 2.4% of the votes cast nationally and 10.4% of the votes cast in KwaZulu-Natal.

– Sapa.

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