Another devastating blow for the ANC
The ANC suffered another major defeat in KwaZulu-Natal after it lost key by-elections to the IFP.
The by-elections were held in UMvoti local municipality in Greytown and uMfolozi municipality in Richards Bay on Wednesday.
The ANC were hoping to win an outright majority after it had deployed its heavyweight campaign in order to regain the ground lost during last November’s elections.
On Wednesday the party complained about the threats facing its leaders who were monitoring elections in UMvoti.
They said their ANCYL leader Sizophila Mkhize had to run for her life after IFP members threatened to beat her.
The ANC’s Mlungisi Zungu wrote on an ANC WhatsApp group that Mkhize must be provided with security because IFP members are posing a threat to her life in Umvoti.
The party’s defeat happened just after opposition parties declared that come 2024 they would issue it to the opposition bench of the KZN Legislature.
The DA provincial leader Francois Rodgers has even called the newly elected Chairperson of the ANC in KZN Siboniso Duma, “an opposition leader in waiting” as they prepare to take over the power from the ANC in 2024 through a coalition government.
The ANC took over the province from the IFP in 2004 and in 2006 it managed to gain more key economic hub municipalities under the leadership of former president Thabo Mbeki.
In 2009 under the leadership of former president Jacob Zuma it took the province with an outright majority and reduced the IFP into a minority rural party.
In 2011 the ANC swept all the municipalities through the assistance of the IFP breakaway party the National Freedom Party and it left the IFP with only the two municipalities of Msinga and ULundi.
IFP national spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said Wednesday’s overwhelming victories for the IFP confirm that communities have placed their trust in the IFP.
“The leadership in these IFP-governed municipalities must continue to prioritise service delivery to ensure that the people’s trust in the IFP is not misplaced,” said Hlengwa.
“As we continue to serve the people, our focus will remain on realising the commitments made in the IFP’s 10-point plan manifesto.”