IFP may bloody ANC's and DA's noses

Staff Writer | May 05, 2019
Some analysts believe that the African National Congress (ANC) might lose voters in the Kwa-Zulu Natal’s biggest cities, Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

The loss would result from the wild cat strike in Durban that has left some communities battling for water and electricity. Pietermaritzburg (Msunduzi) has been placed under administration after alleged looting by officials and politicians left it penniless, according to The Mercury, 5 May 2019.

Xolani Dube, a political analyst with Xubera Institute for Research and Development, said that this has dented the ANC’s image.

“They will retain the province, but with a reduced majority and in a hostile environment as they will lose the post-apartheid middle class and educated urban voters,” Dube said

According to Dube, the biggest winner out of this will be the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), which could gain in rural areas. He said that could make the IFP the official opposition, taking over from the Democratic Alliance (DA).

However analyst Professor Bheki Mngomezulu, of the University of the Western Cape, said the protests would do little to dent the ANC’s support. “This strike happened very late when people had already decided who they are going to vote for. Because this is an internal matter within the alliance and it doesn’t involve outsiders, the damage won’t be as huge as anticipated in terms of votes,” said Mngomezulu.

Despite the differing opinions between Dube and Mngomezulu, they both agreed that the IFP was likely to emerge as the provincial opposition.

DA premier candidate in KZN, Zwakele Mncwango, was confident of winning. “We cannot rest when our people need us the most. The feedback has been shocking with people telling us they drink dirty water from the stream where cows and donkeys also drink from,” he said.

 

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