President Zuma to address ANC manifesto launch in KZN
Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:35:44
The election battle in KwaZulu-Natal gains momentum on Sunday as the African National Congress (ANC) launches its provincial manifesto and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) its national manifesto.
President Jacob Zuma is to address the ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal launch at the Harry Gwala stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday afternoon.
KwaZulu-Natal is the ANC’s biggest stronghold but there are concerns that recent political developments in the province might reduce the ruling party’s electoral support at the August 3 municipal polls.
Some political observers are of the view that the recall of former Premier Senzo Mchunu and the recent sacking of his key allies in the provincial cabinet could negatively affect the ANC’s voter support ahead of municipal polls.
The ruling party is also battling to contain political killings which have so far claimed about eight of its senior members across KwaZulu-Natal.
Tension between the ANC and the leadership of the key ally the SACP, has also been cited as one of the major impediments for the ruling party’s efforts to strengthen its election campaign machinery.
// ANC’s provincial chairman Sihle Zikalala will deliver his maiden speech at the party’s election manifesto launch event.
Meanwhile, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi will be the main speaker at his party’s national manifesto launch at Umlazi south of Durban to boost its bid to reclaim 19 hung municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.
The IFP lost support in the 2011 polls due to the formation of the NFP as a break-away party. Several councils in KZN are now controlled by ANC-NFP coalitions.
The IFP‘s Head of Election Campaign, Albert Mncwango says they hope to reclaim 19 hung municipalities in the province and that even the Ethekwini Metro could be in the balance.
“During the 2011 elections, the party was going through disappointing phase where we were facing divisions that resulted in the formation of the NFP. ”
“Now in terms of our strategy we are targeting those 19 municipalities to actually win them over. We are also looking at being the king makers here in Durban Metro because by the look of things here in Durban metro it seemed that no outright winner will emerge here.”