IFP Takes NFP Ward in Ulundi By-Election
27 November 2014.
The Inkatha Freedom Party is celebrating after
winning a fiercely contested by-election in Ulundi on Wednesday, thus
taking control of the previously NFP ward where the President of the
NFP, Mrs Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi resides and votes.
"The election result shows that the IFP, with its
limited resources, can defeat the ANC and the NFP combined because
it has the confidence of the people. It certainly is a sweet victory
considering all the resources and time that both the NFP and the ANC
invested. The ANC sent its National Minister, Naledi Pandor and her
NFP Deputy, Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi to lead an imbizo in Ulundi to
raise awareness about science and technology just before the
by-election. We realised that this was a plot to canvas for the
by-election. But the people of Ulundi are intelligent and were not
going to allow themselves to be fooled," said IFP National
Chairperson, Mr Blessed Gwala.
"We don't take for granted the confidence our
people continue to demonstrate in the IFP and commit to redouble our
efforts in working for them even after the 2016 municipal elections. We are grateful to all
the people who came out once again to cast their vote for the IFP,
thus entrenching democracy in our country," continued Mr Gwala.
"The IFP has noted with grave concerns the
mischievous behaviour by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial MECs who were
using public funds to woo voters in Mooi River ahead of the
by-election. MEC of Social Development, Weziwe Thusi distributed
food parcels in Nyamvubu to woo voters and MEC of Cooperative
Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube visited Rorke's
Drift where she publicly campaigned for ANC candidates but under the
guise of a government event. It is no wonder then that provincial
departments are annually recording irregular and unauthorised
expenditure running into millions of Rands," concluded Mr Gwala.
The IFP demands full disclosure on exactly how
much has been budgeted from provincial department funds for these
so-called "service delivery" projects before the by-elections that
took place in Mooi River.
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP National Chairperson, 078 290 5842
For Media Queries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Officer, 073 024 5675