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NFP leader lashes out at her own party

National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi has accused her own party leaders of illegally attempting to remove her.

She was speaking in Vryheid in northern KwaZulu-Natal in her first public appearance on Saturday since she suffered a stroke in August 2014.

KaMagwaza-Msibi was scathing in her speech, accusing some top party leaders of having disregarded her numerous directives.

She said instances where some members left the party is a result of the lack of sound leadership in the party.

KaMagwaza-Msibi has been recovering from a stroke.

Her four page speech was delivered by her daughter (Gugu Gumede). “If we did not have those challenges we wouldn’t be having parallel structures in certain districts… one elected and the other imposed. A lack of sound leadership in our organisation has cost us many of our comrades. I know for sure that they did not leave the NFP because they no longer subscribe to its founding principles but because of leadership vacuum.”

In her speech, she also lashed out at some party leaders for disregarding her directives, and said they took advantage of her illness to sow internal divisions.

“They have taken advantage of my sickness by ganging up against me. They undermine my leadership and defy any of my instructions and guidance. Their continued deliberate of the will of our members and our supporters.”

She also said there has been cases of people leaving the party because of a lack of sound leadership in the party.

KaMagwaza Msibi was welcomed with jubilation by party supporters who packed the Vryheid stadium.

Party leaders had to help her climb the stairs to the stage, where after she greeted party supporters in a voice that shows she has not fully recovered.

KaMagwaza-Msibi called for unity in the party, and assured NFP supporters that she is back in the saddle.

The NFP is contesting municipal elections in all provinces, except the Northern Cape.

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