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.