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Victory certain in next year's elections - IFP

By unknown | Jul 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sicelo Dladla

Sicelo Dladla

The IFP views its landslide victory in Wednesday's by-elections in KwaZulu-Natal as a sign that it could reclaim the province from the ANC in next year's election.

The party won eight of the nine wards that held by-elections across the province.

The IFP won four wards in Ukhahlamba (Bergville) and a ward each in Newcastle, Msundusi (Pietermaritzburg), Mtonjaneni and Pongola, while losing the Ndumeni (Dundee) ward to the DA.

IFP national chairman Zanele Magwaza-Msibi hailed the party's by-election victory as proof that her "rejuvenated" party could unseat the ANC in the upcoming elections.

"I'm very excited about our performance as some people had written us off.

"The win proves that we can reclaim the province next year," she said.

IFP provincial secretary Bonginkosi Buthelezi said that "the victory is made much sweeter because it flies in the face of Premier Sbusiso Ndebele's bold claim that the ANC will win KZN by 60percent and more in the 2009 elections.

"Yesterday's result proves that he was simply dreaming out loud when he made that claim."

Both Magwaza-Msibi, who is also mayor of the Zululand municipality, and Buthelezi urged IFP leaders and constituencies to work even harder to ensure the party embarrassed the ANC in next year's general elections.

"Let's work harder than before. Victory is imminent," Magwaza-Msibi said.

Asked what the IFP was doing to ensure that the ANC was ousted from power in the province, she said there was "no substitute for hard work".

"We just have to double our efforts and victory is certain," she said


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