Buthulezi welcomes back NFP defectors

The IFP won the Nkandla municipality and major wards in Nongoma and Nquthu regions.

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

DURBAN - Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi says the party has welcomed back thousands of National Freedom Party(NFP) supporters, which he says also helped the IFP win in major municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.

The party has won the Nkandla municipality and major wards in Nongoma and Nquthu, regions that the African National Congress (ANC) was strongly vying for.

Buthelezi was at the results centre in eThekwini where he was awaiting the results.

He says the IFP has secured victory in KZN municipalities partly because NFP members defected.

"Hundreds, if not thousands, have come back. Even some prominent ones have come back, in fact lets agree that that has also helped a lot."

Meanwhile, the ANC has not secured the Nongoma region as expected.

On Monday the ruling party in the province held a joint briefing with the NFP, where it said it would be giving the ANC its vote.

The NFP did not contest in yesterday's polls after failing to pay Independent Electoral Commission registration fees on time.

KZN ANC secretary Super Zuma says they have made inroads in five municipalities.

"If you make a clear analysis, we have been able to win about five municipalities that we have never won as the ANC - we talk about Dumbe, Uphongolo, Ulmlalazi and other wards."

At the same time the DA has made inroads in other municipalities, gaining new seats in some wards.

The DA's Zwakele Mncwango says: "In Nongoma, we didn't have a seat at all. But at the moment, we see a lot of seats coming there. Dumbe for example, we see we are sitting at 29 percent less than the ANC, and it tells you that we are really making inroads."