Ahead of the 8 May elections, the Inkatha Freedom Party is determined to claim victory in the KZN province, with a particular focus on Nkandla.
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has zoomed its focus on the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal, with a particular focus on Nkandla, the home of former President Jacob Zuma. On Friday, 26 April 2019, the party’s leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi went to campaign in the area. For his campaign, Buthelezi is expected to reconnect with rural communities in the area and remind them of the time the IFP was in power, with allegedly no corruption and mismanagement.
The Nkandla Municipality mayor and a prominent IFP leader, Thami Ntuli, said that the party was confident of an overwhelming victory, even in Zuma’s own ward.
“What you must remember is that Nkandla has always been a stronghold of the IFP. We brought in Shenge (Buthelezi’s clan name) so that he can reconnect with some of the voters who had voted ANC in the past few elections because of Zuma,” he said.
Ahead of Buthelezi’s visit, the IFP had chosen a venue in which he would meet with the people. Amongst the people gathered in the old and dilapidated hall was a regional leader, who was then given a chance to address the crowd.
“The ANC looks quiet, but they are busy plotting how to steal the election and manipulate the voters’ roll,” he said in isiZulu to loud cheers.
“There are the ballot papers which the IEC will distribute and then there are the ANC ones, so we need to pick proper people to go and watch over our vote. We have no other enemy in politics, only the ANC. We are going to remove it come May 8,” he continued.