The National Freedom Party (NFP) was officially launched by former Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Chairperson Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi in February 2011.
Considering the historical injustice under apartheid, the NFP wants to put emphasis on land reform, Gender-based violence and also housing issue.
The formation of the party came as no surprise as kaMagwaza-Msibi had several run-ins with the IFP leadership over a viable succession plan within the ailing-KwaZulu-Natal-based party.
The party contested its first election on May 18 when it participated in the 2011 Local Government Elections (LGE).
In the elections, the party managed to win 2.4% of the vote (892 257 votes), two councils and 224 council seats.
In KwaZulu-Natal, the party entered into formal coalitions with the African National Congress (ANC) in 19 hung councils.
The 2014 poll was the NFP’s first general election. The party won 1.57% of the popular ballot and six seats in the National Assembly.
In 2016, the party was not able to participate in the 2016 local government elections for failing to pay fees to the IEC.