2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

'Like so many other manifestos, the IFP made broad statements'

Lecturer at Wits School Of Governance, Dr Ivor Sarakinsky says he is not sure what the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is promising South Africans.

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On Sunday, party leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi launched the party's 2019 election manifesto at the Chatsworth Stadium in Durban under the slogan 'Trust Us'.

Like so many other manifestos, the IFP made a broad statement. Lots of promises, so it is difficult to see what is new and what is innovative. What's new, what's different and what is a response to particular communities in order to incentivise them in order to vote for the IFP?

Dr Ivor Sarakinsky, Lecturer - Wits School Of Governance

If one looks at the by-election and municipal results, the IFP has recovered significantly, and therefore, the party's election strategy may have proven to be effective, he notes.

I think the gravitas where the perception of communities of leaders is possibly going to play more of a role in this election than any other.

Dr Ivor Sarakinsky, Lecturer - Wits School Of Governance

He believes South African political parties are very conservative when drafting their manifestos.

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