The parties’ strategies in KZN

2014-05-03 00:00


THE IFP has been in a fight to reclaim areas it lost to its rival NFP during the 2011 municipal elections. The party’s election campaign has seen it pitch

itself as a party for good governance, and targeting the ANC and NFP as

parties tolerant of corruption. The IFP has also been working Indian and white communities, as it attempts to consolidate and reclaim its stronghold in Zululand, where the NFP and ANC have made in-roads.


THE party has focused on building leadership structures to drive its provincial campaign.

Party leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi has also been campaigning on a clean-governance ticket and showcasing service delivery in the Zululand District, where she is mayor. The NFP has been trying to consolidate its new-found stronghold in Zululand, eDumbe and Nongoma, among others, where it did well in the municipal elections. It has been trying to penetrate areas like Abaqulusi, eThekwini and Ulundi.


THE party has increased its support base, especially in townships and rural areas across the province, with an aggressive effort to build a wide network of branches. The party elected blacks to leadership positions in its effort to appeal to black voters and believes it has won supporters over from other parties.

It has also been actively trying to win the support of Indian voters and to recruit eThekwini Indian councillors from the Minority Front.


KwaZulu-Natal is a rock-solid ANC stronghold and the party has worked to build on this, especially in key areas like the Msunduzi, eThekwini and Moses Mabhida regions.

It has also thrown energy into the highly contested Zululand region, which the IFP and NFP are alternately protecting and attacking. The party has also reached out to Indian voters by hosting intercultural festivals and recruiting them to its ranks, with a special focus on eThekwini.

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