IFP looking to remain in power in Nkandla

IFP President Mangosuthu Buthelezi says he expects the ANC to fight even harder to win back Nkandla.

Leaders of the Inkhata Freedom Party have arrived at the Sports Grounds in Nkandla for a rally ahead of Wednesday's elections. Picture: Rafiq Wagiet/EWN

NKANDLA - Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) President Mangosuthu Buthelezi says he expects a tough battle from the African National Congress (ANC) in its bid to reclaim Nkandla in the upcoming municipal elections.

The IFP took control of Nkandla following a by-election victory in 2012.

The party is hosting a rally in the hometown of President Jacob Zuma.

Buthelezi has addressed a crowd of roughly 10,000 people at the Nkandla sports grounds.

#IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has begun his address at the Nkandla sports grounds. pic.twitter.com/DE7EApryJ5

The IFP leader says the ANC has never been weaker and more divided, and its prospects of electoral success has never been this low.

He described the ANC as a "weakened animal" but expects the ruling party to fight even harder to win back the hometown of the President.

Buthelezi says the ANC has used dirty tricks in the past to win elections and urged IFP supporters to be aware of its underhanded tactics in the lead up to Wednesday's poll.

He added he's not just slating the ANC for the sake of it, but because there is mounting evidence the ruling party no longer respects the voice of the people.

Ntuli says it's a thorn in the side of Zuma and the ANC that Nkandla is an IFP-run municipality.

The mayor says locals there are fed up with the ANC, which has failed to deliver on promises since 1994.

He says they, on the other hand, have provided services.

"The ANC was given two years to lead a municipality they did but nothing."