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Durban - The Inkatha Freedom Party will fight to keep control of Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal in next week's by-elections, party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said on Friday.
“We enter three by-elections on Wednesday, fighting for all we're worth to keep Nongoma free and to keep the voice of Nongoma audible above the fury of empty promises and empty slogans from the ANC,” he said in a statement.
“We have a relationship of trust in Nongoma, built over years of toiling together for the benefit of our people.”
Buthelezi accused the African National Congress of trying to buy votes in the area, especially in ward five, by distributing food parcels, fences, and irrigation systems.
“They effectively gave the people what already belongs to the people, for they used money that is already earmarked for delivering services... this was not the ANC delivering it was government doing what it's meant to do,” he said.
The ANC in the province denied this.
“They (IFP) always say that we issue food parcels to buy votes, it's a recycled attack,” ANC provincial spokesman Senzo Mkhize said.
“We're not buying any votes, people are not stupid but we will not stop providing services in areas because elections are coming.”