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We underestimated the NFP factor - IFP

2011-05-19 17:14

Durban - Inkatha Freedom Party chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal, Bonginkosi Buthelezi, has conceded defeat at the local government elections, saying the newly formed National Freedom Party had been a major factor in the poll.

Speaking after the results of Amajuba district were released, which showed that the ANC had won, Buthelezi said the party had faced an uphill battle which it failed to win.

"Although we knew that the NFP was going to be a factor, we did not know that it would be to this degree," said Buthelezi.

"The IFP went to the election with the intention of winning, we are obviously disappointed with this outcome," said Buthelezi.

He charged that some NFP members who had been axed from council positions had continued using council resources and this had helped in funding the newly launched party.

Aside from the NFP, Buthelezi also blamed internal factors, citing funding and disaffected voters.

"We also had to face up to the reality that the ruling party was using government resources to carry out its election campaign."

Buthelezi said the party would hold a council meeting soon in which the results would be discussed.

Comments
  • Mabhulwana - 2011-05-19 18:11

    In thaat same Counci Meeting, a successor to the current president should be up for discussion. Otherwise things will get worse for the IFP.

  • phetshula - 2011-05-19 18:21

    shape out mntwana or you are out for a trouble...

  • sefeddt - 2011-05-20 08:57

    "Although we knew that the NFP was going to be a factor, we did not know that it would be to this degree," said Buthelezi." Mr Buthelezi thats not what you said on national TV When asked if you were concerned with the NFP you replied if you were not concerned by the ANC why would you be worried about the NFP.

  • vusi22 - 2011-05-20 09:43

    Buthelezi is showing political maturity by accepting defeat. The party needs to go back to the drawing board and consider the following factors: The party must move away from being a Zulu party, the party must also recognize the importance of women in this new era lastly the party must not wait for political parties mistakes and make political statement. Oh i nearly forgot Chief Buthelezi must step down from active politics

      Wade - 2011-05-20 11:34

      Why should Buthelezi step down when, as you said, he shows political maturity, and is one of the few doing that?

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