In a resounding victory, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has secured another impressive win by wrestling control of uMhlathuze Ward 13 from the African National Congress (ANC) in a by-election held yesterday, Wednesday September 27, 2023.
The by-election in Ward 13 became necessary following the unexpected resignation of an ANC councillor.
In a hotly contested race, the IFP emerged triumphant, securing 2 724 votes, equivalent to an impressive 53.38% of the total votes cast. The ANC, who formally held the ward, received 2 348 votes, or 46.01%, while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) garnered 31 votes, representing 0.61% of the total.
This stunning victory in Ward 13 firmly positions the IFP to share equal representation with the ANC in the City of uMhlathuze Council. Out of the 67 seats in the Council, both the IFP and ANC will now hold 25 seats each, ushering in a new era of balanced political dynamics. The Democratic Alliance (DA) retains eight seats, while the EFF maintains six. The Freedom Front Plus (FF+), African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), and the National Freedom Party (NFP) each hold one seat.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal proudly dedicates this remarkable victory to the memory of our Founder and President Emeritus, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who passed away on September 9, 2023, just two weeks ago. This triumph stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Prince Buthelezi and reaffirms that the IFP remains a formidable force in South African politics.
The Party’s impressive performance in this by-election reflects our unwavering commitment to the people and our readiness to lead.
With the 2024 general elections on the horizon, this victory sends a clear message that the IFP is a dominant force in the province.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our dedicated Party volunteers, IFP members, and the uMhlathuze Constituency, under the capable leadership of Constituency Chairperson, Cllr Xolani Ngwezi, for their tireless efforts.
As we celebrate this victory, we challenge the newly elected Councillor, Sibusiso Ndunakazi, to draw inspiration from the late President Emeritus, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. We call on him to be a humble, respectful, and dedicated champion of service delivery for the people of Ward 13, including Mabuyeni, Ndesheni, eMpembeni, and Mkhobosa.
The IFP remains committed to serving our communities, upholding our values, and emulating the legacy of our beloved Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
Cllr Thami Ntuli
IFP KZN Chairperson
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