Campaigning turns to Ulundi and Zululand

2014-05-01 00:00

PARTIES are targeting the traditional stronghold of the IFP in Zululand District and Ulundi in their final push before the elections next week.

As part of its election campaign, the ANC is sending secretary general Gwede Mantashe to a May Day rally to be held at Ulundi’s eMandeni Hall today.

Mantashe was in the district yesterday holding community meetings and door-to-door visits at Hlobane’s old coal mine in Vryheid.

His visit to the area comes days after the ANC welcomed new members in Nongoma.

“Nongoma has long been seen as the last outpost of the IFP and there has also been a propaganda campaign that the NFP is gaining support there,” the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal said earlier this week.

The NFP has also not left anything to chance this week.

NFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi has since Tuesday been campaigning in parts of the Zululand district and was in Phongolo and Edumbe yesterday.

Magwaza-Msibi is scheduled to address the party’s national Siyanqoba rally at KwaCeza in Mahlabathini on Sunday.

But the IFP is not sitting back while its rivals make moves in its stronghold.

Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, accompanied by the national executive committee, made his way to Umlazi yesterday after he did not pitch up on Monday.

After campaigning in Free State today, he will be back in the province for campaigns in Mkhuze, Pongola and Vryheid tomorrow.

On Saturday, he will be Vryheid, Nongoma and Ulundi.

The IFP will hold its national Sizonqoba rally in Ulundi on Sunday where it is expected to show its strength as well.

“It is to test their strength and popularity. If they could get much support when they campaign, it would be a blow to the IFP,” political analyst Protas Madlala said of the parties’ move into these IFP stronghold areas.

He also said the taking of the election campaign to Zululand and Ulundi by the ANC was like the ANC campaigning in the hostels in KwaMashu and Umlazi where the IFP is strongest.

“It can end with people not happy with the IFP and its breakaway party NFP voting for the ANC,” Madlala added.

“It can be a major gain to the ANC and major blow to the IFP.”

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