Prince Mangosuthu Buthlezi is convinced that support for the Inkatha Freedom Party waned because of Jacob Zuma. The party's founder feels that when Zuma became president of the ANC, it fuelled Zulu nationalism among his supporters.
Inkatha Freedom Party leader, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, feels that it is Jacob Zuma's fault that support for his party dwindled.
According to News24, Buthelezi said the former president's leadership in the ANC affected his own party's support, with Zulus opting for the ruling party instead:
“Those who did so were completely basing that on ethnicity, saying: ‘Maybe it is the turn of the Zulus to have a head of state.’ Some people even in the IFP were talking about this. There was a false thing that a ‘Xhosa nostra’ was dominating in government."
However, those who deserted the IFP in the past are trickling back to the party now that Jacob Zuma no longer leads the ANC.
The party welcome more than 300 former ANC members from the Umzumbe Local Municipality during the course of last week.
Velenkosini Hlabisa, IFP Secretary-General, feels that voters have returned due to poor service delivery.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the 90-year-old party founder is set to retire after the May 2019 elections. However, Buthelezi insists that he would be there to offer a helping hand to the IFP for as long as his health allows.
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