ANC not shocked by NFP move

2011-06-01 20:01

Durban - The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal was not shocked by the decision of NFP to vote for the IFP during the formation of the Umlalazi Municipality council.

"We are not shocked by what happened today. We did anticipate such things during our negotiations," said African National Congress provincial secretary, Sihle Zikalala on Wednesday.

The incident happened barely a week after the ANC and IFP breakaway party, the National Freedom Party (NFP), announced they would work together in all of KwaZulu-Natal's 19 hung municipalities.

According to the agreement, the NFP councillors would vote for the ANC to take control of the Umlalazi Municipality.

The IFP had also approached the NFP for coalition in the hung municipalities but it was turned down.

Zikalala said he believed the NFP councillors had voted for the IFP because they placed their own interests above the interests of the people.

"They have just advanced their interests. We will not be hard on the NFP. We will engage with them in a polite manner. We will continue with the agreement," he said.

IFP national organiser Albert Mncwango said he had heard that some NFP councillors had voted for the IFP during the secret balloting.

The NFP was not immediately available to comment.

The Umlalazi vote means that the IFP now controls three municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal and it could get more if NFP councillors in other municipalities decide to vote for their former party.

The NFP was formed by former IFP members who left the party during a fierce battle for the presidency position currently held by Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

  • Dundermoose - 2011-06-01 20:17

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!! Funny stuff!

      whatashame - 2011-06-01 22:22

      Sooooo funny since the ANC really believed they had it in the bag. Democracy in action. I love it.

  • Snurtle - 2011-06-01 20:23

    Eish?! Sence... this makes none?!

  • EDI2000 - 2011-06-01 20:23


  • Siya - 2011-06-01 21:05

    What ever man!

  • Moeketsi - 2011-06-01 21:30

    That is politics. Full of horse trading and political bargaining.

      Mxhuma - 2011-06-01 21:44

      and lies and backstabbings

  • Benzo - 2011-06-01 21:38

    This is democracy at work. A coalition is not blindly following the "leader". Parties keep their freedom of choice/vote. Unless specifically agreed otherwise in a memorandum of understanding the NFP can do what they want within their mandate.

  • paulf - 2011-06-02 07:11

    I love this backfire on the Corrupt ANC. You can witness that people are awakening and are against the ANC.

  • Smindlo - 2011-06-02 09:53

    KZN people you have a chance to keep the corruptable, corrupted, incompetent, lazy, arrogant ANC out of your province. well at least in the 19 hung municipalities. next thing you are going to have cousins cousins of mayors becoming municipal managers. you have been warned.

  • Eleck - 2011-06-03 17:17

    Real shocking

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