IFP aims to reclaim 19 hung municipalities in KZN
Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:06:53
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is optimistic that it will reclaim 19 hung municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal and retain seven municipalities currently under the party’s control in the province.
The party is fielding 3 000 candidates in eight provinces -all but the Northern Cape – for the August local elections throughout the country.
The candidates will sign a pledge during the launch of the party’s election manifesto at Umlazi south of Durban on Sunday.
The IFP goes to these elections coming from a dip in support in the 2011 polls after the formation of the breakaway party, the National Freedom Party (NFP).
However, the IFP’s head of election campaign, Albert Mncwango, says things will be different during this year’s municipal elections.
The party believes it is better positioned now to reclaim lost ground, having managed to resuscitate itself after earlier predictions that it would close shop after the formation of the NFP in 2011.
Mncwango says they want to give the African National Congress (ANC) a run for its money in the eThekwini Metro and possibly become the king makers.
Prior to the 2011 municipal elections, 10 district municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal were under the party’s control. The party says it will build on its improved performance during by-elections that resulted in it reclaiming municipalities such as Nkandla, Hlabisa and Ntambanana.
The IFP’s Youth Wing says its mother body will unpack an election manifesto that also responds to socio-economic challenges facing young people.
Youth Brigade National Chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa says, “The believe of the Youth Brigade is that all development should be local but on top of that, we are advocating that municipalities must now become the hive of economic activities so that all young people can be able to access economic opportunities- particularly as we are facing with a high rate of rural urban migration.”
The party’s election manifesto will be launched by party leader iNkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi who will also in front of his party supporters sign a pledge committing himself to personally take action against any party councillor implicated in corruption.