The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal is not surprised or shocked by the statement released by the National Freedom Party (NFP) on current political events that are taking place in the province.
The NFP has again shown its true colours and where its loyalty lies, by picking the ANC as its partner in this province.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal wishes to state categorically that we do not currently have a formalised working arrangement with the NFP. Only local arrangements made at the council or municipal level are in place, which we do not intend to interfere with because of the local dynamics.
We are, however, open to talks with all parties to bring stability to local government and to forge ahead with our mission to provide quality service delivery to the people, as inspired by the legacy of our Founder and President Emeritus, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
It is our view that people’s needs, and service delivery must always be at the centre of our Party’s decision making.
We must at all times, as political parties, respect the voice, and wishes of the people that voted for us.
We are used to criticism when other parties justify their position not to support us, when it suits them.
We have taken over many municipalities in this province since the 2021 Local Government Elections and we have never been criticised by the NFP. It is only now, when they stand to gain some opportunities, which are not informed by service delivery, that they seek to attack us.
Any move which seeks to bring the ANC back to power in this province is unfortunate and is a betrayal of the will of the people.
The overwhelming support and victory of the IFP during the recent by-elections in KwaZulu-Natal is a clear indication to other parties that the IFP is capable of delivering, despite the limited budget given to local government.
We also wish to assure the people of KwaZulu-Natal that we are not discouraged and will continue to forge ahead with service delivery, despite current political events in the province.
The IFP is focused on ensuring that the people of KZN receive uninterrupted services while preparing to oust the ANC in KZN, come 2024.
We shall not be distracted from our vision of serving the people of this province, to bring them sustainable basic service delivery, guided by the Party’s 10-point plan.
Cllr Thami Ntuli
IFP KZN Provincial Chairperson
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