Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The IFP says it will assume a new role in KwaZulu-Natal after being trounced by the ANC and vows to hold the ruling party accountable to to delivering on its election promises.

The IFP is licking its wounds after receiving only 22,4percent of the provincial votes, while the ANC scooped 62,9percent. In 2004 the ANC won 46percent of the vote and the IFP 36,8percent.

"The people have decided not to change their government but to give the ANC another chance to change its attitude and to live up to the trust placed in it," said the IFP's Mntomuhle Khawula.

He said the IFP would hold the ANC to account whenever it failed to deliver on the people's hopes and dreams.

"That is our pledge to KwaZulu-Natal," said Khawula.

"The IFP will campaign for the interests of the poorest people in the province".

He said his party was disappointed by its showing.

Disillusioned Minority Front leader Amichand Rajbansi blamed the Indian community for his party's failure as the DA ate into its traditional support.