Jiyane and Sadeco join DA

THE SOUTH African National Democratic Congress, the party led by former IFP strongman Ziba Jiyane, has closed shop and yesterday announced that it was joining the DA.

The move comes 20 days before the May 18 municipal elections gets under way.

The DA is eyeing the 804260 votes the IFP received in the 2009 elections, which they believe they could garner through Jiyane and former KwaZulu-Natal premier Frank Mdlalose's involvement.

DA federal chairperson, Wilmot James said the 2009 IFP votes represented "the voters that would not be enticed by Jacob Zuma's ANC campaign".

"With the continual demise of the IFP, these votes are accessible to the DA and all indications are that the party will grow substantially as a result," James said.

While the DA has welcomed Sadeco with open arms, Jiyane said they were under no illusions that he and his party members would be on any party lists and handed glorified positions in the fast growing DA.

He said the resources needed to campaign effectively were sorely lacking in Sadeco, an issue that convinced him to join the DA.

Jiyane, known as a party hopper, left the IFP in 2005 after he and party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi had a fallout leading him to form Nadeco.

He left Nadeco after he and fellow party bigwig, Hawu Mbatha could not see eye to eye. This led to Jiyane's formation of Sadeco now under the skirts of the DA.

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