18 December 2013
The leadership of the Inkatha Freedom Party
(IFP) was shocked to learn this morning from the media, that the
IFP has entered into a formal coalition to contest the upcoming
2014 national and provincial elections.
The IFP National Council, the IFP's highest
decision-making body, has in the past engaged in extensive
discussions on multi-party cooperation politics, the future
thereof in South Africa and the IFP's role in such a forum.
Members of the National Council were presented
with two models of co-operation which they considered. One such
model was that opposition parties in Parliament co-operate with
each other, while maintaining their own identities and
philosophies. Parties would then wait for the outcome of the
elections to decide on how they could form alliances in
Members voted unanimously in favour of this
option, which is to retain the current system of co-operation
between opposition parties, which has seen various parties come
together on specific issues, such as opposition to the
Protection of State Information Bill and the fight against
This remains our position.
The IFP has not given its blessing for a new
party to be formed, nor have we agreed to be a part of a formal
opposition coalition to contest the 2014 elections.
In the past, the IFP has experienced severe
challenges when entering into formal coalitions. For example, in
KwaZulu Natal the IFP contested the 2004 elections in coalition
with the Democratic Alliance, in the "Coalition For Change".
More than 250,000 spoilt ballots indicated the depth of
confusion among grassroots supporters, who voted for both
parties on the ballot paper. This was to the IFP's detriment.
Ms S Nkomo, MP
IFP Secretary-General 076 553 1240.