‘We won’t fire staff over missing buses’ – IFP

By Celani Sikhakhane

The IFP has made it clear that no councillor or member of Parliament will be fired for failing to organise buses to ferry people to its manifesto launch at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 10 March.

This was revealed by IFP KwaZulu-Natal chairperson and premier candidate Thami Ntuli after he embarked on an activation trail in different parts of Durban ahead of the party’s manifesto launch.

“No one will be taken to discipline for the issue of transportation to Moses Mabhida,” Ntuli said.

The EFF fired some councillors and members of Parliament after they failed to organise enough buses for the party’s 10th anniversary held last year at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. 

On Saturday, the former leader of the IFP Women’s Brigade, Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa, raised over R1-million to assist party structures in organising transport and other logistics for the manifesto launch.

Madlopha-Mthethwa and the IFP leadership in uMkhanyakude District hosted a gala dinner where private businesses donated funds or made pledges to fund IFP programmes for their manifesto launch.

She said it was a milestone for the IFP to manage to secure so many donations for the transportation of their members to Moses Mabhida.

“It was so great to see such a gesture from businesses. Some donated R500,000 and others around R200,000. Some donated their buses and food so that people would not starve while on their way to Moses Mabhida. This is amazing to us,” said Madlopha-Mthethwa.

The IFP is confident that it will fill the stadium’s more than 70,000 seats.

Ntuli said the spirit of the IFP’s late leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi is working hard to enable them to defeat their political opponents. 

Pictured above: IFP leadership Narend Singh, Thami Ntuli and Mfanje Mbango.

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