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Clive Ndou
Politics editor
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20 Oct 2021
06:34

IFP draws large crowd in Zululand District

Clive Ndou

The IFP, which remains a major political force in KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday flexed its muscles in a rally which drew thousands of supporters.

The IFP, which remains a major political force in KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday flexed its muscles in a rally which drew thousands of supporters.

IFP president, Velenkosini Hlabisa, the key speaker, urged the crowd at the Zululand District stronghold to rally behind the party in the November 1 municipal elections.

“Even though we as the IFP didn’t get the overwhelming support we had hoped to get in the 2016 local government elections, we were still able to deliver to the residents of this area.

“If you start giving our vote to other political parties, it means that the IFP will not be able to build from the service delivery foundation it has laid in the five years in which it has been the governing party in the Zululand District Municipality.”
IFP president, Velenkosini Hlabisa.

“People who didn’t have piped water were able to receive water. People who didn’t have electricity were connected to the grid.

“What we need in the upcoming elections as the IFP is a resounding victory which will make it possible for us to consolidate on the good work we have been doing in this area

Hlabisa, who boasted about the IFP’s clean governance track record, told the crowd to use their vote to block the ANC and other parties from making inroads in the Zululand District.

“If you start giving our vote to other political parties, it means that the IFP will not be able to build from the service delivery foundation it has laid in the five years in which it has been the governing party in the Zululand District Municipality,” Hlabisa said.

“Our message of hope to you today is that if you give us a resounding victory here, problems such as a lack of housing, a lack of piped water and electricity will soon be a thing of the past.”
IFP president, Velenkosini Hlabisa.

Women and the youth formed the majority of the crowd at the IFP rally, at the Khethelo Sports Field in Mondlo under the Abaquluzi Municipality.

Hlabisa said the IFP was humbled that women and the youth who bear the brunt of unemployment and poverty had hope in the IFP.

“They have seen what the IFP has done in municipalities such as Nongoma, where the party rolled out one of the biggest housing projects in the country.

“Our message of hope to you today is that if you give us a resounding victory here, problems such as a lack of housing, a lack of piped water and electricity will soon be a thing of the past,” he said.

The IFP, which in the 2011 municipal elections was dislodged from power at the Zululand District Municipality after its voters switched their allegiance to the NFP, is currently the official opposition in KwaZulu-Natal.

While in previous elections the IFP struggled to make an impact in the province’s major municipalities such as eThekwini and Msunduzi, Hlabisa said voters across KwaZulu-Natal were switching to the party.

“They are fed up with corruption and a political party which doesn’t put their interest first,” he said.