IFP Campaign Launch, Municipal Elections 2000,
DURBAN : OCTOBER 23, 2000
Ladies and Gentlemen: On behalf of the Inkatha Freedom Party, I welcome you to this press conference to launch the IFP’s campaign for the Municipal Elections 2000. I would just like to make a few remarks before intorducing to you the President of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Dr M G Buthelezi, who will formally launch the IFP campaign for the local elections.
Over the coming weeks, our candidates for the Municipal Elections, will be spreading the message of development and good governance throughout the cities and towns and rural areas of South Africa. They will be listening to the concerns and complaints of the people and unveiling the IFP’s proposals for accountable and effective local government, which delivers to the people whom it serves.
Every IFP councillor who is elected will be a powerful voice for development and delivery on their local council.
These municipal elections come at a crucial time for all South Africans. Having secured our civil and political rights we now face the challenge of delivering social and economic rights to all the people. No one should underestimate the importance of this task. For civil and political freedoms can never flourish whilst millions of people are denied access to the most basic social and economic rights.
Local government has a leading role to play in meeting the needs and aspirations of the people and ensuring that social and economic justice becomes the preserve of the many not just the few.