IFP allowed to contest Umzumbe elections after court ruling

2011-04-12 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party has expressed its satisfaction following a court ruling yesterday that the party will be allowed to compete in the May 18 elections in the Umzumbe Municipality.

It had been disqualified by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The court set aside the IEC’s decision yesterday, allowing the IFP to field its representatives in Umzumbe.

“We are absolutely ecstatic about today’s ruling,” said Albert Mncwango MP, the IFP’s national organiser.

“Today’s court decision was not only fair and just, but it was a triumph for the community of Umzumbe, whose constitutional right to choose the representatives of their choice has been restored.”

Mncwango said that now that the IFP is back in the running in Umzumbe, it is certain that it will regain control of the municipality.

“The IFP has proven that our municipalities are better run than ANC-led municipalities. That is why in KwaZulu-Natal the IFP runs 32 municipalities while the ANC runs 29.

“We are still the people’s choice and we trust that on May 18 the people will speak again through the ballot box and call for an IFP-led local government in Umzumbe,” said Mncwango.

— Witness Reporter.

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