IFP RECLAIMS GLORY IN KZN
*Caption: Performers during the IFP rally at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium
Written by: Sihle Makhowana
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) led by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has made a surprising comeback in these local elections, increasing their provincial vote count by just under 4.5% currently to 20.27%.
Leading to the local government elections, the IFP had great turnouts in their election manifestos, even managing to fill up the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi. The IFP has managed to regain power in some of the municipalities which were taken by the National Freedom Party (NFP) in 2011 when Zanele KaMagwaza Msibi, leader of the NFP broke away from the IFP forming her own political party.
The formation of the NFP left the IFP in a dire situation which saw the party’s support plummet from being the 3rd most popular and supported party in South Africa to just being another opposition in desperate need for support.
Speaking at a press conference which was held in Durban a day before the elections, Happy Khuzwayo NFP Women’s Movement chairwoman said the IFP will pay for what they to the NFP, eluding to the claims of sabotage which led to the party being disqualified to contest the local government election
“No IFP will rise as long as the NFP is still around,” said Khuzwayo.
The IFP managed to win Inkandla municipality, one that a lot of people had predicted that the ANC will reclaim and win outright considering that the President voted in eNkandla on the Election Day. But that was not the case as the IFP won and shattered President Jacob Zuma’s ambitions and those of the ANC of regaining the municipality.
The NFP in Kwazulu-Natal announced that the party will throw their support in the ANC making the competition even hard for their opposition, the IFP. It seems the IFP was not fazed by this move, Albert Mncwango MP of the IFP came out said the party is well aware of the NFP’s recent statement of coalition with ANC.
“While some consider this latest confusing announcement to be newsworthy, the IFP questions the legitimacy of the NFP’s claim, we do so because we know that the rank and file of the NFP have already re-joined the IFP and we are therefore confident that NFP leadership has no support base to offer the ANC,” said Mncwango.
In 2011 The IFP won 15.8% of the provincial vote this year much of their support was aided by the NFP’s disqualification in June.