IFP HAPPY ABOUT THEIR PERFORMANCE AGAINST NFP
By: Sihle Ndebele
A few days after the general elections and the Inkatha Freedom Party has shown joy as they outperformed their arch-rivals, the National Freedom Party.
The IFP did not do very well in this election compared to the previous one. However, they are said to be content since they showed more power than their rivals NFP.
Dalinhlanhla Buthelezi who is an IFP member in Durban, told Journalismiziko that although their results are not that convincing but it is very good to have gained more votes than the Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi-led NFP.
“I am very happy that we did better than the NFP but the difference is very little. What worries me are the statistics from our former stronghold places like in Nongoma. Our support there is declining in favour of the NFP,” said Buthelezi.
Buthelezi thinks that the IFP will never get smaller votes than the NFP. He also thinks that the party will do well in 2019 but only if they campaign properly.
“We must market the party, get it to be known in other provinces and encourage the youth to join. The party must put more effort and try to lure back all those who moved to other parties especially to the NFP,” added Buthelezi.
He said that in the 2016 local governments elections, the IFP will perform miracles and will surprise many by getting many municipalities around the country.
The Mangosuthu Buthelezi-led party was not expected to get better results than NFP.
Political analyst, Ralph Mathekga, was one of those who never gave the IFP a chance but tipped the NFP over Inkatha.
Mathekga said he believes that the NFP would unseat the IFP in KwaZulu-Natal and become the official opposition. This never happened.
In an interview with JournalismIziko before elections, Mathekga said, “The NFP has a good potential to be an official opposition in KZN. They have been a good challenge to the declining IFP since they entered politics.”