National Freedom Party President Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi File picture: Tiro Ramatlhatse

Durban -

Thousands of people turned out for the launch of the National Freedom Party's manifesto launch in Durban on Sunday.

The stands at the Curries Fountain Stadium were packed to capacity as busloads of people in orange shirts arrived, filling up the field.

Apart from launching its manifesto, the party was also celebrating the third anniversary of its founding.

Party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi was expected to address party faithful later. Last year Msibi said the NFP aimed to secure at least 1.8 million votes in this year's general election.

Msibi said at the time the party wanted to at least become the official opposition in KwaZulu-Natal. The NFP garnered 1.2 million votes in the 2011 local government elections.

It was formed three months before the elections, after Msibi left the Inkatha Freedom Party, where she had been the national chairperson.

Those 1.2 million votes equated to 2.4 percent of the votes cast nationally and 10.4 percent of the votes cast in KwaZulu-Natal. - Sapa