The people of Ward 99 in eThekwini Municipality have shown KwaZulu-Natal that the IFP in KZN is the only party that can be trusted to fix what is broken and to lead the people of the province to a better life. Thousands of Ward 99 residents have proven this through voting for the IFP in large numbers in a highly contested by-election that took place yesterday, Wednesday 14 December 2022.
The IFP has fairly and squarely claimed victory in eThekwini Ward 99, despite many discrepancies, presumably by the ANC, which is suspected of registering hundreds of people that do not reside in Ward 99 to vote unlawfully in the Ward.
The IFP won Ward 99 in eThekwini out-right, snatching it from the ANC with a difference of 1 783 votes – a huge margin.
It is worth noting that since the dawn of democracy, this Ward had always been in the hands of the ANC. For the IFP to win such a big Ward – which is located in the South of Durban – will demonstrate to many prophets of doom and naysayers that the IFP is consistently gaining support in every part of the province, across the entire KZN. The ANC tried all it could, including using government resources to secure the vote of Ward 99 residents, to no avail.
The IFP is winning people’s hearts in this province by walking in the footsteps of its President Emeritus and Founder, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, through service to the people with dignity, humility, and willingness, in every Municipality where the IFP is in control.
The IFP also acknowledges the act of selflessness by the DA in this province, of not contesting this Ward 99 by-election. This cooperation will further advance our shared goal: to rid KZN of the ANC. Further, the DA’s act motivated IFP leaders and volunteers to work even harder in mobilising support for the IFP in this Ward, with an understanding that the hope and trust of the people of eThekwini – and beyond – lies with the IFP.
IFP’s victory in Ward 99 means that the number of IFP Councillors in eThekwini Municipality has increased from 16 to 17, making it one of the strongest opposition parties in the Metro.
The negligence of people’s needs in eThekwini by the ANC is clear thanks to a visibly filthy town, the E. coli and sewage-contaminated beaches, and many other blunders. The IFP believes that the people of eThekwini deserve better treatment, the best services, and leaders with integrity: none of which is offered by the current ANC-led leadership.
This victory by the IFP follows another recent victory, less than a month ago in Mthonjaneni, aBaqulusini (Vryheid) and uMsinga. These victories reflect the confidence that the people of this province have in the IFP.
The IFP appreciates the dedication, commitment and hard work of its leaders and volunteers, who devoted their time and energy towards the victory of the IFP in eThekwini Ward 99. We further wish the incoming Ward 99 Councillor, Jane Naidoo, everything of the best in serving the people of eThekwini Ward 99 with respect, diligence, and honour. It is further worth noting that such a massive victory would not have been achieved if it was not for the legacy of the IFP President Emeritus and Founder, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, and his meticulous track record.
Cllr Thami Ntuli
IFP KZN Provincial Chairperson
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