IFP may be kingmaker to ANC in Joburg

Staff Writer | Jul 01, 2019
The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) may help swing the Johannesburg City Council to the African National Congress (ANC).

Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP) chairman in Gauteng, Bonginkosi Dlamini, said last week that there was a “big possibility” that power will shift in the City of Johannesburg. The IFP is a partner in the Democratic Alliance-led (DA) city council, although it is not a signatory of the formal coalition agreement.

Dlamini described the relationship as “unhealthy and unhappy” and said there were discussions in the IFP over whether it should continue.

The firing of the IFP’s member of the mayoral council for housing in 2018 started the rot.

Dlamini cites the “behind-the-scenes control” by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) over Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba as another deep concern.

This concern key to the resignation of DA councillor Werner Smit in April, which will result in a key by-election in Ward 109 (northeast Johannesburg, abutting Sandton and Alexandra) on 24 July.

The African National Congress (ANC) hopes the Ward 109 by-election, together with three others to take place in July, coupled with potential support from the IFP, will help to shift power in Johannesburg.

The ANC’s leader in Johannesburg, Geoff Makhubo, said the ANC was set to contest two of the four by-elections in the hope of a win, but it would have to work hard because these are largely DA strongholds.

Outgoing DA federal chairperson James Selfe said that there is a possibility that the DA could lose one of the four by-elections.


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