Thousands of Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) supporters converged on Durban’s King Zwelithini Stadium at the launch of the party’s election. President Zuma was the worst leader since , but the IFP could still save the a rapturous welcome at the launch of the IFP’s election manifesto. An injured Mangosuthu Buthelezi received a rapturous welcome at the launch of the IFP’s election manifesto.

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Furthermore, within the province, IFP dominance was established in rural areas under the traditional authorities of the KwaZulu Bantustan of the apartheid era.

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However, critical to understanding why the IFP lost this struggle are the subjective failings of a party unable to change with the times and, importantly, attract new and younger voters. Skip to main content. Zulu Statesman, Cape Town: Notably, this near-perfect mirroring ends in with the rise of the NFP.

View More View More. The Buthelezi cult has given the IFP an authoritarian character that has led to repeated purges and defections over the last forty years, shrinking the talent pool, closing down space for innovation and new constituencies, and rendering the party incapable of adaption in changing times.

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Four parties still to comply: What this means is that while the IFP was good at retaining its traditional support, despite under-targeting these constituencies much in campaigning, it failed to attract new voters. While he gave few details of how this court would work, much of his speech dealt with the eradication of corruption.

Thousands attend IFP manifesto launch

Maniifesto pointed out by many observers, a key strength of the ANC has been an enviable combination of internal debate and loyalty to the party that has helped it reinvent itself in the face of periodic crises. Indeed, Buthelezi is more talented, ambitious and charismatic than most of his era.


These authorities were most dominant in the north of the province, the historical heartland of the Zulu kingdom. Two points are relevant here. The electoral upshot of this organisational ossification has been the slowly but mmanifesto chipping away at party support linked to the generation of loyal voters forged under the KwaZulu state and in the low-intensity conflict with the UDF; and, most critically, the failure to attract new and first time voters not defined by apartheid-era institutions and politics.

If the IFP is symbolised by the elephant, then the elephant is well on its way to the graveyard. More reflection on election will follow in the discussion on provincial trends below.

For its part the ANC wanted Buthelezi to state his loyalty to ANC leadership, and allow the movement to operate in his homeland, whereas Inkatha wanted the ANC to recognise it as a vital force in the struggle.

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At the same time, the rights of farmworkers needed to be protected. Importantly, in government the IFP tended towards the lethargic performance typical of its homeland government days.

While the IFP resorted to appeals to Zulu-ness during the transition, it quickly abandoned this after hoping to reach a larger audience.

Electoral competition took the place of a violent power struggle. Report lays bare hijack, murder and rape horror of ex-EFF man. As argued elsewhere, recognising manifssto the demand for secession really reflected a desire for inclusion, the ANC successfully demobilised IFP militancy through a diplomatic politics of power sharing, and consequently political violence dissipated steadily after Giordano StolleySapa 02 Mar The challenge for party leaders is to strike the right balance between democratic space and party discipline — a delicate balancing act irresolvable outside of specific cases.


Hence, Buthelezi was offered a significant Ministry in the Cabinet for many years, Minister of Home Affairs, and would often deputise for Mandela and Mbeki when both were out of the country.

South Africa’s private sector has failed to ufp employment in the past 20 years, the Economic Freedom Fighters said. This chapter will describe and explain the decline of the IFP through electoral politics, the relationship of political party to the state and internal organisational culture.

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Helen Zille has stirred her way into a social media storm after posting “controversial” photos during her campaigning. By the start of negotiations in the conflict had already claimed hundreds of lives, and during the negotiations years it intensified into the tens of thousands. KwaZulu-Natal, and has remained constant over the five national elections, declining at the same rate as the IFP in the province. According to workers assembling the artwork, a man driving a black SUV told them that the elephants were a symbol of the IFP and therefore not welcome in a city run by the ANC.