Leaders of parties at the opposite end of the political spectrum – the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) – were both on the campaign trail in Pietermaritzburg today, April 17.

The IFP launched its KwaZulu Natal manifesto at the Winston Churchill theatre, with party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi and the party’s candidate for premier, VF Hlabisa.

Buthelezi told the crowd that for the past 10 years the leading party did not govern well. “The capital city of KwaZulu Natal is placed under administration for the second time because they have failed,” said Buthelezi. He concluded by saying there is no need to vote for corruption.

Meanwhile, the EFF’s Julius Malema was at the Pietermaritzburg taxi rank where he addressed a crowd, before moving to the Umngeni Municipality where he led a service delivery march.

Malema told the crown that the demands of the people are genuine, “They want land, water, reliable electricity and jobs.” Malema also claimed that municipal employees had slept their way into jobs. (Umgungundlovu FM – edited by Siya Motha)

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses supporters in Pietermaritzburg
IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi launches his party’s provincial manifesto in Pietermaritzburg
At the IFP manifesto launch in the Churchill Hall, Pietermaritzburg