IFP’s claim to victory lies in Phoenix
Jonathan Annipen an Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader in Phoenix North of Durban ward 49 under Durban Metropolitan is confident that his party will win on the upcoming Local Government Elections. Annipen was one of the guests at National Homeless Manifesto meeting held at Denis Hurley Centre Hall yesterday.
According to Annipen, the IFP in Phoenix is there to correct issues of around the Phoenix massacre which they believe were a direct result of the African National Congress’s(ANC) in-fighting. The party believes that those involved in creating and spreading conflict crimes in the area need to be dealt with and face the full might of the law.
The party leader in the area, accussed the ANC of failing to meet people at their area of need, which has led to a growth in the number of those classified as poor in communities. He accussed ANC leaders of failing to lead.
IFP is not racist as the DA, not crazy like EFF nor corrupt like the ANC. I’m going with this party, as it is untested. If I’m making a mistake, it wouldn’t be the first mistake I’ve made. We need change in this country. #IFPManifestoLaunch pic.twitter.com/eQrpRw3ViN
— Vuyani (@Koncussion) September 30, 2021
“I think the ANC failed to resolve issues on the ground, like addressing the housing needs for the poor,when the IFP led the province we did not have challenges we have today. This boils down to bad governance and unwillingness to lead,we need leaders in this Municipality who are determined to make a change not for their political interests but to make a change for the people they are elected to
serve,” explaind Annipen.
The IFP’s emeritus leader, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi , recently visited Phoenix in an election drive campaign and addressed himself as a Black-Indian. The party has identified Phoenix to be a key area to campaign in as most political parties descended on the township only to convey messages of unity soon after the massacre in July, following after the KwaZulu-Natal unrests. The community however, feels that other party leaders have failed to show support to thereafter.
This comes after Buthelezi thanked the Indian community on protecting shops and homes during KZN riots and labelled them as heroes who unite the communitty.
Annipen a former Minority Front(MF) leader, who showed a keen interest in politics from an early age, by participating in the of planning events to commemorate political occasions at his local school emphasised that the rule of law must take its part and deal with the perpetrators who were involved in Phoenix shootings in July.
Annippen, further highlighted that the IFP is there to serve as pillar to the homelessness as that is the key, in achieving their mandate, which aims to eradicate poverty and build houses for people in safe places.
We are elected to serve the poor, we are elected to serve the disadvantaged and immarginalised, the IFP is committed into changing the trajectory of the Municipality,” he said.