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NFP, aggrieved members smoke a peace pipe

The National Freedom Party (NFP) leadership has smoked a peace pipe with some of its aggrieved party members who left the party and took the organisation to court.

They include former KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Secretary, Mzwamandla Mzobe, Wiseman Mcoyi, party Gauteng Chairperson, Bheki Gumbi, and the party’s eThekwini District Chairperson, Nhlanhla Khawula.

The four were among aggrieved party members who accused the party leadership of running the organisation like their own.

The four party members say they decided to reconcile with the leadership to save the party from further destruction due to the on-going rifts.

All of them used to hold senior positions in the organisation.

Internal squabbles in the NFP started soon after Party Leader, Zanele kaMagwaza, fell sick in November 2014.

Former KZN Provincial Secretary, Mzwamandla Mzobe, says they decided to approach the leadership to resolve their differences internally.

“It was decided that we meet with them to request them to speak and reconcile about the whole thing seeing that the party was falling apart so we realized that the party is more important than anyone of us. So we disregarded our personality and therefore decided to reconcile.”

Internal squabbles in the NFP started soon after Party Leader, Zanele kaMagwaza, fell sick in November 2014

As part of reconciliation, both parties agreed to withdraw cases against each other in court.

Both Mzobe and Mcoyi were among party members who took the party to court to avoid expulsion.

The four members were welcomed back to the party by National Chairperson, Maliyakhe Shelembe.

Speaking during a media briefing, Shelembe called on other disgruntled members to come back to the party.

Meanwhile, the NFP leadership defended its decision to take disciplinary action against some party councillors.

The party says calling party members to appear before the party Disciplinary Committee is to afford them a chance to state their side of the story and not necessarily to expel them.

– By Vusi Makhosini

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