Camperdown: 25 April 2011
Thank you for welcoming the IFP to Camperdown. The enthusiasm with
which you have received us today tells me that this community knows
the IFP, and you have heard of our track record of service delivery.
Indeed, the IFP has been serving this province for 35 years. We led
the administration of the erstwhile KwaZulu Government for some 18
years, and we have led KwaZulu Natal under democracy. Today we
administer 32 municipalities across the province, still more than
the ANC. We have something to offer that is worth talking about.
I have come to Camperdown to talk to you about the IFP alternative,
but also to listen to the needs of this community. I want to know
how we can serve you best. The IFP wants to partner with Camperdown
to create a better municipality. After all, local governance is
about your needs and your community. It is all about you. The coming
election is therefore all about you. The IFP knows this. We are not
here to dictate and demand your allegiance. We are here to offer you
an alternative to the inadequate service delivery Camperdown has
experienced in the past five years. We are here to bring you
Across KwaZulu Natal, the IFP leads 32 municipalities. We have had
the opportunity to prove that IFP led municipalities function better
than municipalities controlled by the ANC. Our success is due to our
governance philosophy that puts people first. It is also due to a
strong work ethic and a determination to serve. In the IFP, no
councillor gets a free ride. Our candidates are all expected to work
hard, and they are all held accountable for their performance.
In fact, all our candidates for the local government elections have
taken a pledge to uphold the IFP’s values of responsive leadership,
integrity and efficiency. We believe in creating transparency in
government. After all, your leaders are here to serve you, not
dictate to you. You have the right to know who gets tenders and what
contractors are earning. You have the right to know how positions
are filled and why policy decisions are taken. Indeed, you have the
right to get involved in the decision making process and to affect
the outcome. Because local governance is all about you.
The IFP knows and respects your constitutional rights. We believe in
genuine democracy in which the people choose their leaders, and the
leaders serve their people. You can therefore expect an IFP
councillor to be
a person of integrity, to be open with you, to be fair and include you in
decision-making, to be accountable to you and available at all
times. Our councilors take your concerns seriously. We will treat
you with dignity and respect, because we are working for you and
We believe in bringing municipal governance closer to you. We will
empower you to participate in decisions that are made, by closely
linking your councilors to you in their daily work. We will never
dictate to Camperdown from Pretoria. We live and work alongside you,
tackling the real problems together. The IFP believes you have the
right to receive any information you require about your municipality
and your council.
IFP led municipalities promote openness in all they do. We believe that
tenders should be public so that you know precisely who gets how
much for what service. We feel that any potential conflict of
interest between employees and councilors should be made public.
Every Rand must be spent in a way that improves your community and
municipality. The IFP is therefore intent on stopping waste,
mismanagement and corruption. We prioritise spending on
infrastructure and basic services, like water and electricity.
For the IFP, these are not just empty promises made at election
time. We have a 35 year track record of which we are very proud.
Under apartheid, the IFP partnered with the people and together we
built schools and houses and clinics. Not a Rand was wasted and not
a single allegation of corruption was ever levelled against us. When
voters choose the IFP, they are choosing a leadership that puts
service first. We believe in empowering communities by strengthening
A vote for the IFP is a vote for a leadership that understands your
daily struggle and knows how to help you. I therefore encourage you
to consider, over the next few weeks, whether the status quo in
Camperdown is sufficient, or whether you should be getting more for
your vote. I believe that service delivery here has not been good
enough or efficient enough. You deserve more and you deserve better.
On the 18th of May, you have the opportunity to
strengthen a new leadership in Camperdown that knows how to get the
job done properly.
I urge you to vote on the 18th of May. Voter registration
has now closed, but registration for the Special Vote remains open
until the 3rd of May. If, for any reason, you will be
unable to visit your polling station on the 18th, you can
apply to cast our vote on the 16th or 17th of
May. The Independent Electoral Commission will assist you, even in
your home if necessary, so that you will be able to have your say.
Don’t miss this opportunity. Come out and vote.
I challenge the community of Camperdown to seriously consider an
alternative to the ANC. Nationwide, the only strong opposition to
the ruling Party is the IFP. We are still the stumbling block in the
way of their arrogance. We are the still the party that stands in
the way of a one party state, political dominance, autocracy and
maladministration. The IFP is the party of integrity. We serve in
local government with excellence, and we want to serve you.
Your municipality should be able to deliver more. But throughout South
Africa ANC led municipalities are suffering under the arrogance of a
leadership that feels it has the right to dictate, simply because it
has the power. South Africa is tired of the failures and
embarrassments of the ruling elite. We are tired of hearing about
fraud and corruption in government. We are tired of the
well-connected being above the rule of law. We are tired of
skyrocketing food prices, and the lack of assistance and support
that struggling entrepreneurs and farmers receive from government.
I have voiced a concern over food security for many years. When I led the
erstwhile KwaZulu Government, we emphasized self-help and
self-reliance, and empowered subsistence farmers. This province was
green and productive. Farms prospered and households were fed. We
achieved this with the pathetic budget that the apartheid regime
afforded KwaZulu, because we practiced sound financial management
and zero tolerance for corruption. Today, whenever I travel through
KwaZulu Natal, I see land lying fallow and people going hungry.
It worries me that the ruling Party has taken the emphasis off of food
production, and is rather creating a welfare state in which some 14
million South Africans are dependent on social grants. Our economy
cannot maintain this high demand and, like all welfare states, it
will eventually collapse. This is not in the interests of our
people. We need to ensure that child headed households have support,
but that they are also assisted to rise above their present
circumstances. Every child has the right to a proper education, not
only those who are fortunate enough to have parents or money.
I am pained by the distress of our people. I know that you are ordinary
people, fighting ordinary battles, under extraordinarily difficult
circumstances. I believe you need assistance, and I believe your
government owes you more than a hand out. It owes you honesty. You
deserve to know that the ruling Party cannot deliver roads and
houses and jobs at every election. Those are empty promises. But you
also deserve to know that they can deliver more than what they
actually deliver. The ANC can, and should, do more for the people
The problem is that the ANC has misunderstood the mandate to serve. They
think that when you give them your vote, you are giving them
unfettered power. That is not how democracy works. Your vote is your
voice. It is your opportunity to change the way things are done in
Camperdown. It is your time to say no to corruption, and yes to a
leadership of integrity. The 18th of May is your moment;
it is time to decide. I believe the IFP can offer Camperdown better
local governance. Together we can create a more efficient
municipality that works with you and for you, to give you more.
I intend to prove the worth of my Party through the work of our
councilors over the next five years. I am willing to entrust my
legacy to our candidates, because I believe they are the right
people for the job. They have understood the mandate to serve and
have agreed to put the interests of the people first. Just as I will
hold them accountable, I ask you to hold your leaders accountable.
The IFP will never ask for your vote and then disappear. If you
strengthen us with your vote on the 18th of May, we will
serve you with our strength until 2016. And throughout those five
years we will constantly check that we are giving you what you want
and what you deserve.
If you are unhappy with your IFP councillor, the IFP wants to hear about
it. We are serious about holding our representatives accountable and
we are not afraid to fire anyone who is not performing. We have a
dedicated hotline you can call if your councilor is not delivering
or is behaving in a way that does not uphold our values. We will
take your call seriously and we will sort out the problem. It is
unacceptable that South Africans have to put up with so much
arrogance from officialdom. It is also unacceptable that some
representatives hide behind their leadership.
The ANC’s election campaign has been riddled with disputes over candidate
lists. Communities have complained that the candidates they chose
have been removed from the ANC’s lists and replaced with leaders
chosen by the party’s top brass. This is antithetical to democracy
and exposes the depth of contempt the ANC has for governance of the
people, by the people. The IFP seeks to see South Africa governed by
South Africans, in partnership, from the ground up, through strong
municipalities with tailor made service delivery plans.
It is about you; about building you a house, about educating your
children, about fixing your roads, about giving you quality medical
care, and helping you find employment that is sustainable and
dignified. You should be the one to decide whether a clinic is being
run properly, or if more teachers are needed in your area. You
should be telling your representatives about electricity and water
needs, and seeing those needs met.
The IFP has decided to focus its campaign in 2011 on you, because only
through your participation and vigilance can local government
succeed. We cannot govern effectively without listening to you, and
finding out how to serve you best. I ask you to partner with a party
that works hard and understands your needs. I ask you to strengthen
On May the 18th, make your mark for a better alternative. Give
Camperdown a leadership you can trust - vote for the IFP.
I thank you.