IFP names Thami Ntuli as KZN premier pick 

By Celani Sikhakhane

The IFP provincial chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal, Thami Ntuli, has been elected unopposed as the party’s premier candidate for the province. 

The long-awaited decision by the party’s national council was announced on Monday at IFP headquarters in Durban.

IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa said the party took a unanimous decision to rally behind Ntuli, who is also the mayor of King Cetshwayo District Municipality. 

“We chose Ntuli as a person of integrity as we continue with the legacy of the late Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi,” Hlabisa said.

Ntuli said he would follow the wishes of the party to work hard to win KZN back.

“We are here to fix the damage that was done by the current government. Our priority is the people of KZN. But at the moment I won’t say anything until we launch our manifesto on 10 March 2024 at Moses Mabhida Stadium,” Ntuli said.

He said the province was on the brink of collapse due to the poor leadership of the governing party.

Ntuli managed to increase IFP support in Nkandla while he was still the district chair and mayor of Nkandla Local Municipality; the ANC lost the district in the last elections – even though former ANC president Jacob Zuma lives there.

The party, which took 11 KZN wards from the ANC in the 2023 elections, is fighting to regain the province which they lost to a coalition of the ANC and smaller parties such as the UDM and Minority Front.

Pictured above: IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa with the newly announced KZN premier candidate Thami Ntuli.

Image source: Celani Sikhakhane 

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