Zanele attracts a large crowd

Limpopo businesswoman Mulalo Makhathini, donated R1 million and a new Nissan Patrol vehicle also valued at more than R1 million

THE fledging National Freedom Party (NFP), led by former IFP chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, launched its local government manifesto at Durban's Curries Fountain Stadium on Saturday.

The party has been in existence for a month. NFP supporters painted the vicinity of Durban University of Technology with orange T-shirts.

The NFP rally overshadowed an IFP event held at KwaMashu hostel. The IFP rally was addressed by its KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Mntomuhle Khawula.

Supporters braved the scorching sun to hear Magwaza-Msibi unveil the NFP's policy document. The huge crowd also heard her discuss the party's plans for the coming local government election.

Magwaza-Msibi paraded Limpopo businesswoman Mulalo Makhathini, who donated R1 million and a new Nissan Patrol valued at more than R1million before she addressed thousands of party supporters.

She described the launch of the new party as the "crack of a new dawn" in the political landscape.

"Today the sun of hope has risen on the night of despair. It is a sun rising on the people of South Africa. This really marks the end of an era and heralds the start of another," Magwaza-Msibi said.

She appealed to her supporters to be prepared to make huge sacrifices to give the NFP a chance to survive and thrive.

"We remain unwavering in our belief that our party's potential and ability cannot be judged by the failure of Nadeco and Cope, but we are not naïve to the fact that the NFP will only succeed because of the tireless commitment and dedication of its members," Magwaza-Msibi said.

She said the NFP's only aim was to bring changes in people's lives with proper service delivery, especially in rural areas.

Former Umtshezi mayor Maliyakhe Shelembe assured supporters that the NFP was a home for everyone.