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Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

A war of words has erupted between the ANC and the IFP in KwaZulu-Natal over the stinging effects of floor crossing.

The floor crossing window period ended on Saturday at midnight.

S'bu Ndebele, pictured, provincial premier and the ANC chairman, expressed concerns over what he termed a "ganging-up" against the ruling party by the IFP and its coalition partners, the DA and Nadeco.

Ndebele's cry comes after the IFP, with the help of the DA, took over the former ANC-led eNdumeni municipality in Dundee.

He said this was against the will of the people who initially voted the ANC in power. Others say the ANC is merely reaping the whirlwind of its failures.

Ndebele expressed the same concerns early this year when the IFP and its coalition ousted the ANC in Newcastle and AmaJuba municipalities.

"One is concerned about the ganging-up of the IFP, the DA and Nadeco in areas where people voted the ANC into power.

"Clearly, this shows the extent to which some people would go to try and stop the ANC. But, one thing is certain, people would never shy away from voting for the ANC," said Ndebele.

Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, IFP national chairman said she was shocked to hear Ndebele outbursts

"I am surprised to hear the premier, a person I highly respect, saying such things because what happened is a result of the constitution and legislation the ANC passed.

"They are used to being the only recipients and now that it's the other way round, they complain," said Magwaza-Msibi.

Nadeco president, Hawu Mbatha also expressed concerns over Ndebele's statement.

"We made it clear that we would be supporting whoever has a majority, and we maintain that principle.

"We are not ganging-up against anyone or any political party," said Mbatha.

Meanwhile, the ANC increased its majority in the legislature after former Nadeco MPL, Linda Hlongwa defected to the party on on Saturday.