IFP stages its final election rally

By Sihle Mavuso

After a month of campaigning in ANC strongholds, Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the IFP returned to northern KwaZulu-Natal before the 29 May elections.

On Saturday the party was in Newcastle where it staged its last rally that was addressed by KZN premier candidate, Thami Ntuli. 

On Sunday the party’s leaders moved to Richards Bay on the KZN north coast to campaign for the last time.

Addressing the packed Umhlathuze Sports Complex, the party’s president Velenkosini Hlabisa said they are now ready to be part of the expected coalition government in Gauteng and at national level. 

“Today, we are winding up our election campaign as the special votes begin tomorrow. We are here to declare that the IFP is ready to receive the mandate of the people to lead, to serve and to govern. 

“The time is now for an alternative government that will bring meaningful change and save South Africa from being a collapsed state,” Hlabisa told the supporters. 

Briefly given the platform, Ntuli said it was satisfying that this time around, they took the battle outside their strongholds where they were warmly received by the people. 

“We visited all regions of the province. We want to fix the mess, bring back hope to our people and create a bright future for our children,” Ntuli said in Richards Bay yesterday. 

“The warm welcome we received in areas where it was previously thought that the IFP had no presence brings hope that on 29 May the IFP will take over KwaZulu-Natal.” 

As special voting begins today, the party will have a motorcade in its stronghold of Vryheid in the north of the province. 

Pictured above: The IFP’s closing elections rally in Richards Bay on Sunday. 

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