IFP supporters sing near a voting staion in KwaMashu, north of Durban. Photo: Rogan Ward/Reuters

Parliament – The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Wednesday said a cooperation pact with the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would see it govern an additional eight municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.

Speaking at a media briefing in Parliament, the party’s national chair of campaigning, MP Narend Singh, said while no coalitions would be formed, the DA and EFF’s support would see it reclaim areas in the province it lost to an African National Congress/National Freedom Party coalition following the 2011 municipal polls.

In turn, the IFP would support the DA and EFF in Gauteng.

“We are not forming coalitions, and each party will maintain its own identity. But our councillors will work together at local level, in various municipalities, to ensure that the will of the electorate is respected,” said Singh.

“Accordingly, the IFP is likely to govern an additional five local municipalities through this cooperation, and three district municipalities. This is in addition to the six we won on August 3.”

Singh believes that despite ideological differences, parties would be able to put aside politicking, and ensure “good governance, service delivery and clean administration”.