IFP: 'Councillors are servants of people'

Municipal councillors are the servants of the people and not the bosses of the communities, Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi told party supporters in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, on Saturday.

Buthelezi was speaking during the IFP’s local government election campaign in the province.

The IFP president said these elections will provide the people with an opportunity to choose people who want to serve and not be served.

He said the IFP will not make promises to deliver overnight like other parties, but will allow party candidates to interact with communities.

“Others may make you promises, once again, and then election after election not deliver.
We will not do this. Our candidates have set out their priorities in their individual manifestos to address crucial issues in this community.”

Buthelezi criticised the African National Congress for not dealing with corruption in the government.

“We have found that in many municipalities that are run by the ANC, there have been riots and protests by members of the ANC who are fed up because of corruption and the general failure to deliver to them by their councillors.”

He called on people to vote for the IFP as it has a proven track record of service delivery.

“The same can’t be said for the ANC ... All it can offer us today, after 12 years in government, is yet another plan to make that government work,” Buthelezi said.—Sapa

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