NFP, IFP in meetings to plan future strategies

2014-05-13 00:00

THE IFP and NFP were locked in separate meetings late yesterday afternoon analysing their performance in the general elections and planning their future strategies.

IFP spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko said the party leadership was in a first national council meeting after the elections to review the elections outcome and come up with strategies to turn around its fortunes.

Mazibuko said the elections were not as bad as some had predicted.

“We regrouped as a party in the elections. The vote we obtained was more or less the same as the one we obtained in the local government elections,” he said while the national leadership meeting was under way.

The party obtained six seats in the KZN legislature after it clinched 10,86% of the provincial vote and garnered 10 seats in Parliament after registering 2,4% of the vote nationally.

In the 2009 provincial elections the IFP obtained 22,4%, 36,8% in 2004 and 40,5% in 1999.

The party lost out on the official opposition position in KZN to the DA with the breakaway NFP eating away at its voter base.

The DA obtained 12,76% while the NFP, which contested the general elections for the first time, received 7,31%.

Mazibuko said the election results showed that there are still core IFP members who would remain with the party regardless of its fortunes. “Many pundits had written us off, but the people of this province and South Africa refused to bury us,” he said.

Mazibuko added that the IFP had gone to the elections against the ANC and NFP, which had access to state resources, but it managed to perform and remain within the political landscape.

He said yesterday’s meeting was expected to come up with strategies to turn around the fortunes of the party, and that the strategies to be developed were expected to yield quick-win results for the 2016 local government elections.

Meanwhile, NFP leaders were also in a special executive committee meeting to decide if leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi and others should serve at the KZN legislature or in Parliament.

Magwaza-Msibi, who is mayor of the Zululand district, appears on both the legislature and Parliament candidate lists.

When contacted, she said she could not comment as the meeting was under way yesterday afternoon.

Magwaza-Msibi and other party leaders, including provincial chairperson Vikizitha Mlotshwa, general-secretary Nhanhla Khubisa and national chairperson Maliyakhe Shelembe, appear on top of the candidate list.

The party won six seats in Parliament and another six in the legislature. Analysts have advised Magwaza-Msibi to stay in the province and consolidate her party’s support and also showcase governance under NFP in the Zululand District or face losing prominence when taking a parliamentary seat.

But, indications were that she was destined for the Cape Town-based Parliament as the NFP has ambitions to grow nationally.


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