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By unknown | Feb 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

In a bid to win back KwaZulu-Natal the IFP has called on voters to put their trust in it again.

IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi urged several thousands of the party faithful who packed the Curries Fountain Stadium in Durban on Saturday to vote for the organisation because "it is the only tried and tested alternative".

Buthelezi danced and belted out the old IFP electioneering song Siyaya Okhethweni, meaning we are going to the elections.

He said the party had promoted democracy and stability in South Africa for more than 30 years. The party would rescue "our ailing democracy and re-establish our republic which is now in jeopardy".

"It is of great importance for KwaZulu-Natal that the IFP regains control of the provincial government but it is of even greater importance for the whole of South Africa that KwaZulu-Natal be governed by the IFP so that a measure of checks and balances can exist in our country to prevent it from falling down the slippery slope towards autocracy, a one-party state and corruption," he said.

Buthelezi said the April elections would be about hope.

"Everyone agrees that things must change, because too many failures have characterised the ANC's performance over the past 15 years. The ANC itself acknowledges that something went terribly wrong, as it saw it fit to fire the president of the country before the end of his term - an unprecedented action in the post-liberation history of Africa.

"The ANC itself is invoking and promising this change. But to fulfill this promise, they would need to change themselves.''

Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, the party's candidate for premier, said the IFP had identified the key areas of governance that needed urgent attention. These include education, health, economic development, housing, agriculture and transport.

"Ours are real solutions to real problems. While implementing them, we are also determined to promote social solidarity and fight corruption," Magwaza-Msibi said.


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