MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP NEC
on IFP Victory in Mpumalanga, ANC Local Gov Failures,
Xenophobia, & Other Matters

04 June 2013     

 

The National Executive Committee of the IFP, which meets every Monday in Durban, considered the following matters and would like to brief the media on their deliberations -

 

1. ROAD TO 2014: IFP VICTORY IN MPUMLANGA - A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME

 

The IFP has defied its critics, who often claim that the IFP's political relevance is confined to KwaZulu Natal, when it defeated the ANC again in a recent by-election, winning a ward seat from the ANC in Albert Luthuli (Elukwatini/Carolina) municipality in Mpumalanga. The ward was previously a stronghold of the ANC.

 

This is again an unequivocal message from the electorate that they are no longer going to accept poor leadership, in the hope that things might get better. They are demanding change through the ballot box.

 

Since May 2011, the IFP has won by-elections in Mtubatuba, in Ulundi and in Nongoma, where we increased our percentage of the vote. We won in Nqutu and increased our percentage by almost 20%. We won in Umtshezi, and also took uPhongolo from the NFP. We won for a second time in Nongoma and increased our percentage of the vote. Last November, we again increased our share of the vote in Nqutu. In December, we took Hlabisa from the NFP, we won KwaMashu, and we took Nkandla, the hometown of the ANC President, away from the ANC.

 

That is the kind of support the IFP is getting. There is no mistaking the message from the electorate, that the IFP is wanted, needed and supported.

 

We are back on an upward path and we are on course to reclaim the province of KwaZulu Natal in 2014. It is also abundantly clear that we will be making serious inroads into areas such as Mpumalanga and elsewhere.

 

2. ANC FAILURES EVIDENT IN KZN LOCAL GOVERNMENT CRISIS

 

The NEC notes with concern that a sixth municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, the Umzinyathi District Municipality, has been placed under administration by the province's Co-operative Governance Department.

 

Currently, Umzinyathi and the Ugu District Municipalities, as well as the AbaQulusi, Imbabazane, Indaka and Mtubatuba Local Municipalities are under administration.

 

The lack of budgetary controls, mismanagement, maladministration and overspending are some of the serious transgressions that have led to the collapse of these ailing municipalities.

 

The situation is extremely worrying and unprecedented. The IFP-led KwaZulu Government was very different to the ANC-led Government of today. The most startling contrast is the deep rooted corruption that pervades the ANC Government, eating away at our social fabric and weakening our democracy.

Under the IFP's leadership, over the course of 19 years, never once was a single allegation of corruption ever levelled against the IFP's administration. Corruption is not inevitable. It is not just par for the course. It is a cancer that spreads from the top when leadership is weak and lacks integrity.

 

Just before the last Local Government Elections in May 2011, AbaQulusi, under the IFP's leadership, was one of the few municipalities that received an unqualified audit report from the Auditor General. It was given a clean bill of health as far as corruption is concerned, and there was no suggestion that money was being squandered or frittered away. Indeed, under the IFP, AbaQulusi was functioning as a good steward of the money and resources allocated from the provincial Government.

 

Now, many of our municipalities, including the AbaQulusi Municipality are in a state of disrepair. The people of KwaZulu Natal deserve better. The people of South Africa deserve better.

 

3. XENOPHOBIA

 

Noting the resurgence of xenophobic attacks, the IFP wants to express its concern and convey its condolences to those who have lost loved ones.

 

When xenophobia flared into brutal killings in Gauteng in 2008, the IFP was vocal in speaking against the violence and the undercurrent of hatred and discrimination. We also lamented the fact that this outburst was predictable and had in fact been predicted, yet nothing had been done to prevent it.

 

The fact that xenophobic violence is flaring again, in the very place it flared before, tells us that Government has not done what was needed to prevent a renewed fire of hatred and discrimination from engulfing our country.

 

The IFP has again spoken against the violence and called for tolerance and peace. But this time we will speak more loudly about the need to address the underlying causes of xenophobia.

 

There seems to be a need among our people for a scapegoat, for someone on whom to focus all the frustration, despair, anger and fear that has built up over years of having too little. Poverty and unemployment are driving xenophobia. Until we heal that wound in our country, other wounds will keep opening.

 

There is still a long road to walk towards the vision the IFP and its President had for South Africa in 1994. We are determined to keep walking it. We will keep working to see poverty, unemployment and hardship overcome in our land, because as we heal this wound, we will create an environment in which xenophobia and violence are rejected for the evil they truly are.

 

4. RIGGING OF ELECTIONS

 

Since 1994, the IFP has raised the alarm with regard to election shenanigans which, amongst other things, sees people being bussed into areas where they do not reside.

 

Now, two by-elections have been postponed due to alleged voter registration fraud, both in AbaQulusi and Umkhanyakude.

 

The IFP has been vindicated, although we remain concerned about how much voter fraud was swept under the carpet in past elections.

 

We have often said that those who are desperate to cling to power will do anything to win at the ballot box, even if it means taking the election by non-democratic means.

 

We have also strongly condemned anyone who has sought to engage in such undemocratic actions, under our name. We will not allow our Party's name to be dragged through the mud.

 

The IFP therefore welcomes investigations that have been launched into fraudulent activity, and pledge our full support.

 

5. THE CITIZEN NEWSPAPER

 

We have noted with great concern the inappropriate reference to Prince Buthelezi in an editorial on the so-called "Guptagate " saga, published in The Citizen on the 22nd of May 2013.

 

The editorial had nothing to do with the IFP President, yet took a cheap political pot-shot regardless. This is hardly surprising. The IFP has suffered years of hostility and Buthelezi-bashing at the hands of The Citizen.

 

When the Information Scandal gave birth to The Citizen in 1973, this paper was used to influence international and local public opinion against movements that opposed apartheid, such as the IFP. The Citizen's habit of vilifying the IFP President somehow remained, even far into democracy.

 

We have requested an opportunity for a right to reply to the inappropriate reference to the IFP President. But this has been denied. We will explore all avenues in order to have our voice heard on the matter.

 

6. IFP CONGRATULATES COMRADES PARTICIPANTS

 

The IFP wishes to congratulate all those who participated in the biggest ultra-marathon race on the planet, the Comrades, held in KwaZulu Natal yesterday.

 

We applaud the performance and victory of Claude Moshiywa, who broke the foreign dominance of the race, by becoming the first South African to win the "up" run in 21 years. His historic win has made our nation extremely proud.

 

The IFP congratulates Russian competitor, Elena Nurgalieva, on her victory.

 

Elena and Olesya Nurgalieva have again shown that they are two truly remarkable and talented athletes. They deserve our respect and admiration.

The IFP congratulates Elena on achieving her eighth victory in the women's event.

 

The IFP is proud of all those, especially our fellow South Africans, who competed in this exceptionally physically-challenging race. We applaud each runner's enthusiasm and bravery to face this ultimate test of human endurance. Their participation is testament to the human spirit being able to conquer all challenges and adversity. We salute all the 2013 competitors.

 

MS SIBONGILE NKOMO MP 

IFP SECRETARY-GENERAL 

ON BEHALF OF THE NEC 

Contact: 076 553 1240

 

Contact: Mr Joshua Mazibuko MPL, IFP spokesperson, on 083 992 6135