IFP is at disadvantage
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