- The IFP has released an ambitious election manifesto
- It includes bold plans for land reform, job creation and providing free education at all levels
- However, it does not explain where all of the money will come from to fund these initiatives
Like the ANC and EFF, the IFP appears to be focusing on certain key election issues, such as unemployment and land reform. For example, the party wants to introduce a special department to focus on creating youth employment.
The party, which remains largely a KZN regional player despite being the country's fourth largest party, has hopes of expanding its support base.
As a result, its manifesto includes some ambitious policy promises.
Additionally, it supports land expropriation without compensation, according to BusinessTech.
The party also supports free education all levels, including higher education - a policy which is clearly aimed at attracting younger voters.
In addition, the IFP has promised to pay teachers more and provide learners with free transport to school.
This is just an overview of the party's election manifesto, but it already reveals some policies that are more aspirational than realistic.
After all, the party has not elaborated on where it will source the money needed to fund free education while simultaneously boosting teachers' pay.
Similarly, its pledge to create a department devoted to job creation seems unlikely to address the deeper economic issues that are driving high unemployment in the first place.
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