What should the ANC focus on in 2007?

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The IFP wants to see a new, morally revived South Africa this year - one that has rediscovered family and traditional values.

Blessed Gwala, an IFP KwaZulu-Natal spokesman, said it was sad that, after 12 years of democracy, South Africa finds itself almost bereft of moral fibre and is largely engulfed in crime, domestic violence and substance abuse.

"The IFP has observed with growing alarm that large sections of the population, and the young in particular, are succumbing to the cycle of violence. Similarly, drugs are slowly disintegrating South Africa's traditional social structures," said Gwala.

He said the IFP was also concerned at the government's "glaring indifference" to the country's deepening moral decay.

"This attitude, as well as the obvious lack of role models in the leadership positions, filters down through the structures of the ruling party and to those segments of the population it aspires to represent," he said.

The United Democratic Movement's Bongani Msomi said the UDM was expecting a large number of people to join the party because the promises of the ruling party had not been kept.

"People are not satisfied with the [rate of] development and you can expect them to change tunes and join our party," said Msomi.

Msomi said he was expecting the ANC to resolve its succession debacle, which was having a negative effect on the dignity of the country.

"You cannot expect investors to invest in a country where the president is booed and not liked and not trusted by his own people. I hope the ANC has learnt that and will do something about it," he said.

The Minority Front's Amichand Rajbansi said this would be an interesting year in politics because of what was happening in the ruling party and because the IFP was now the official opposition in KwaZulu-Natal.

Rajbansi said the provincial government deserves a pat on the back for the tremendous progress it had made in improving the lives of the people.

"Our [priority] would be to fight against poverty and provide jobs for matric students.

"You do not want to frustrate them by not offering them jobs, though that would be a challenge."