IFP steps up KZN campaign

2008-01-24 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) yesterday stepped up its campaign to regain control of KwaZulu-Natal with the launch of its revamped draft policy programme.

The party is confident that it will “recapture and never lose again” the province, while it also aims to become the country’s official opposition.

“Do you know why we can achieve these things? It’s simple: because we can,” IFP national chairwoman Zanele Magwaza-Msibi proclaimed, to applause from the crowd.

Talking to the media, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said yesterday’s launch was the culmination of a process that started in 2004, when the talk of regenerating the party started.

He added that the reformulation of “our message” came in response to the “crisis of leadership” currently facing the country.

“We have heard the cries of this generation who are rejecting the rules of a generation of self-seekers,” he told the crowd.

The IFP emphasised that the policy document is only a draft, aimed at stimulating debate within the party and the general public.

IFP secretary-general Reverend Musa Zondi said the draft policies are not entirely new. “It is about restating what we’ve always been about.”

Some of the party’s policy recommendations include:

• Creating sustainable jobs through maximising the economy;

• Declaring HIV a national crisis and revamping the health system;

• Ensuring the safety of South Africans through a number of proposed initiatives, including imposing hard labour for prisoners falling under certain categories;

• Combating poverty by, among other things, improving the grant system and equipping the poor with “appropriate life skills”.

“While there is one child still in poverty in South Africa today, one pensioner in poverty, one person denied their chance in life, there is one party that will have no rest, no vanity in achievement, no sense of mission completed.

“That party is the IFP,” Buthelezi said.

bmbanjwa@witness.co.za

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