IFP: Nquthu victory could signal 2021 provincial takeover

The IFP won 19 seats in Wednesday's by-elections while the ANC only clinched 11. The EFF, NFP and DA managed a seat each.

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DURBAN – The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) says its victory in the Nquthu by-elections is an indication that the organisation stands a chance to govern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in 2021.

The IFP won 19 seats in yesterday’s polls while the African National Congress (ANC) only clinched 11.

The National Freedom Party, Economic Freedom Fighter and the Democratic Alliance have each secured a single seat in council.

The IFP’s Velenkosi Hlabisa says this is a tremendous victory for the party, especially since Nquthu is a rural area in northern KZN.

“It’s not a common thing that a political party experiencing a decline in what happened in 2016. We stopped the decline and we started to grow. It was a history, it’s not common. Nquthu is a message for 2019, before 2021.”

Opposition parties who would like to raise any objections with the electoral have until the 1 June to do so before the results are gazetted.

The IFP says it will launch its service delivery programs once this period has lapsed.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)