IFP is at dis­ad­van­tage

Sunday World - - Opinion -

IT is true that the IFP did not per­form well, but it was not as bad as jour­nal­ists and po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts had pre­dicted.

One of the rea­sons for this poor per­for­mance is that the IFP does not have funds like the DA and the ANC, whose cof­fers are al­ways full. How could a poor­est-of-the-poor party com­pete with the fi­nan­cial heavy­weights? Money is the lifeblood of pol­i­tics.

The same ap­plies to the Na­tional Free­dom Party (NFP). It had as­tro­nom­i­cal amounts to use for its cam­paigns. Al­le­ga­tions of il­le­gal ten­der­ing and award­ing of con­tracts have sur­faced to the ef­fect that it al­legedly pock­eted R30-mil­lion il­le­gally from the Zu­l­u­land District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

We are ea­gerly await­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the out­go­ing Zu­l­u­land district mayor, NFP leader Zanele kaMag­waza-Msibi. We hope that Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela will ex­pe­dite this mat­ter once it has been tabled. How could the IFP run like a sea­soned race­horse when the race­track was not level and so many horses were com­pet­ing with ad­van­tages gained through il­le­gal means?

Al­though KaMag­waza-Msibi did not leave with the cream of the IFP mem­bers and lead­er­ship, this crip­pled the IFP be­cause num­bers count in pol­i­tics. Nontobeko Selepe

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