IFP, ANC kick off campaigns for 2011

2010-10-22 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and the Inkatha Freedom Party have already started their electioneering campaigns, although the Independent Electoral Commission has yet to announce the date for next year’s local government elections.

On Wednesday, IFP mayors, deputy mayors, councillors and Exco members signed local government service delivery contracts.

On Sunday the ANC will launch its election campaign at Amajuba FET college in Newcastle.

The ANC’s provincial secretary, Sihle Zikalala, said that the party’s heavyweights in the province, led by provincial chairperson Zweli Mkhize, will attend the launch.

It is ironic that the ANC launch takes place in Amajuba, which is where it won but could not rule, after the IFP and Nadeco formed a coalition to dethrone it.

Zikalala said, “We want to campaign for an overwhelming local government election victory in all districts in KwaZulu-Natal.

“As far as we are concerned, the people of this province have spoken in their millions in the 2009 general elections that they want the ANC to lead this province in the struggle against poverty, poor service deli­very and underdevelopment …”

Zikalala said the campaign will be preceded by door-to-door visits to households to encourage people to register, consult them on their choice of councillors and evaluate the performance of sitting councillors.

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