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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The IFP therefore welcomes investigations that
have been launched into fraudulent activity, and pledge our full
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
MS SIBONGILE NKOMO MP
ON BEHALF OF THE NEC
Contact: 076 553 1240
Contact: Mr Joshua Mazibuko MPL, IFP
spokesperson, on 083 992 6135