National Freedom Party (NFP) Chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe says the party is ready to contest this year’s local government election despite the continued absence of party leader Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi. She allegedly suffered a stroke in 2014.
Shelembe was addressing an event to launch its volunteer campaign at Pongola in northern KwaZulu-Natal ahead of next weekend’s voter registration.
NFP supporters rejoiced after being assured by the leadership that party KaMagwaza-Msibi was close to making a full recovery.
Shelembe stressed the need for unity within party structures if it wanted to be successful in the coming local government elections.
He reassured party members that the absence of KaMagwaza-Msibi had not caused a power vacuum as the organisation had capable leaders who filled the void in the president’s absence.
Shelembe says KaMagwaza-Msibi will be the face of the party in the run-up to the local government elections.
The NFP – in coalition with the African National Congress (ANC) is currently in charge of a number of municipalities in the province, including the Zululand District Municipality.
Shelembe says they have not ruled out coalitions with other parties should the need arise. The NFP encouraged eligible voters to register in large numbers for the local government election next weekend.
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