‘MF will not enter into any coalition’

2011-04-18 00:00

THE Minority Front (MF) will not enter into any alliance or coalition with another political party in the coming local government election.

This was said by leader Amichand Rajbansi during the launch of the MF local government election manifesto at Shastri Hall in Chatsworth on Wednesday.

Previously the MF was in coalition with the ANC when it failed to get a majority of votes in the eThekwini Metro. During a previous term of the provincial legislature, Rajbansi was KwaZulu-Natal Sport MEC after the MF had formed a coalition with the ANC-led provincial government when it narrowly failed to secure a majority.

He said the MF performed well within the sub-structures of the Durban metro, playing a key role in holding the balance of power in sub-councils and in the metro council until after 2000 elections.

“The MF has taken advice from our Indian indentured labourers and from elders from within South Africa and the greater Indian Diaspora — that inter-community and inter-party relationship must be of paramount importance.

“I said in 1994 that the MF will work with the majority and we worked with the IFP irrespective of who the majority is. The MF has not and will not enter into any alliance or coalition with any other party. The MF is independent and autonomous and we will never take part in any racial ganging up against the broad mass of the people of South Africa,” Rajbansi assured his supporters.

He said that in the eThekwini Metro support for the MF increased by 30%, while the Democratic Alliance’s seats were reduced from 53 to 33.

“Local government is very dear and near to the hearts of every citizen who is facing financial and other burdens as never before in our history. Good, sound and effective local government based on economic principles has been thrown to the winds.”

Rajbansi said local government in KZN is suffering from a chronic cancer, “which saw the collapse of our capital city, and this cancer has spread to 61 municipalities, including eThekwini Metro, with the most damaging auditor-general’s report and earth-shattering forensic revelations about fraud and corruption”.

He blamed the collapse of municipalities on the ANC’s “bad party political deployments and regular party political interference in the financial running of municipalities”.

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