IFP to launch its manifesto, hopes to regain ground

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) hopes to regain lost ground in the upcoming municipal elections. The party will this weekend launch its election manifesto at King Zwelithini Stadium at uMlazi south of Durban.


After the 2011 municipal elections the party only retained two municipalities, but later managed to reclaim municipalities such as Nkandla, Hlabisa and Ntambanana through by-elections.

The IFP hopes to fill the King Zwelithini Stadium this weekend when it launches its election manifesto.

Party leadership led by iNkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi will deliver the party’s election promises while also taking stock of the party’s performance in the 2011 municipal elections.

Then, the IFP retained only two municipalities, Ulundi and Umsinga. But during by-elections that followed, the party managed to reclaim municipalities such as Nkandla, Hlabisa and Ntambanana.

The IFP’s Head of Election Campaign Narend Singh believes the party is better positioned to change things around and do well in the upcoming elections.

“We are going to re gain the lost ground and we know that at least those 19 municipalities in KwaZul-Natal have been governed by the ANC and NFP coalition and since 2011.”

“In every by-election we have won and taken back some of the cities we lost to either the ANC or the NFP even taking over the Nkandla where the president of this country resides. These are good signs for the IFP and we want to build on this momentum we have gained in all the by-elections we have contested from 2011 until now.”

According to Singh, they are contesting all wards in KwaZulu-Natal and have also fielded candidates in certain municipalities in other provinces where it believes it stands a good chance of getting votes.

“Every single ward in KwaZulu-Natal and wards in Free State, Western Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga  in Gauteng,those are the areas we will be focusing on and we are hopeful this time to get more seats than we’ve had before in the provinces outside KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.”

The party says all candidates will be introduced during the launch of the manifesto, and they will also make a pledge in front of their supporters.


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