IFP win by-election ‘despite ANC MEC visits’

2008-10-17 00:00

The IFP won a ward previously held by the ANC in a highly contested by-election in Vryheid this week.

The party’s chief whip in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Henry Combrinck, said that their victory in kwaMnyathi (Ward Five), happened despite the large-scale deployment of provincial government ministers as part of the ANC’s election campaign.

Combrinck said the IFP also won three by-elections, retaining seats in Wards One, Four and Seven, in the Imbabazane Municipality.

This brings the tally of recent IFP by-election wins in the province to nine out of 11.

He said the IFP watched in disbelief as the ANC deployed three MECs — Meshack Radebe (Social Development), Bheki Cele (Transport, Community Safety and Liason) and Peggy Nkonyeni (Health) — to campaign in the ward ahead of the by-election.

“The people of Abaqulusi had no illusions about the nature of these ministerial visits, which were pure propaganda, particularly from the MEC for Health, whose promises of new health care facilities in the area simply could not be kept due to the massive overspending in her department,” Combrinck said.

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