Durban - The National Freedom Party (NFP) is pinning its hopes on former president Jacob Zuma’s right-hand man, Philani Godfrey Mavundla, to save it from collapsing.
Party treasurer-general Ahmed Munzoor Sheikh-Imam said the millionaire businessman who recently defected from the ANC stood a good chance of replacing Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi as the NFP president.
However, Shaik-Emam said some party members were looking at serial political party hopper Ziba Jiyane to take over the position.
He described Mavundla, the former ANC mayor of Greytown in the KwaZulu-Natal Mvoti district, as popular, articulate and dedicated.
“He has followers, he has people behind him and the capacity to be in the leadership structure within the party. If people decide that he must lead, then surely he must lead,” said Shaik-Emam.