IFP leader Hlabisa explains party’s decision to co-operate with ANC

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IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa.
IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa.

The IFP took many by surprise on Wednesday when it changed its tune on co-operating with the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal’s 21 hung municipalities.

Following weeks of intense negotiations with political parties to identify suitable partners which the IFP could enter into coalitions with in hung municipalities, the party yesterday announced that it had resolved to partner with the ANC.

Briefing the media in Durban on Wednesday, IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa said the party decided to work with the ANC to avoid unstable coalition governments comprising of several smaller political parties. “The difficulty with coalitions is their tendency to fall apart, as one or the other coalition partner sees an opportunity for advancement.

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