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  • 2014NATIONAL ELECTION MANIFESTO OF THE

    INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY

  • 2014NATIONAL ELECTION MANIFESTO

    The IFP

    believes that

    when you vote

    you shape and

    own your own

    future. We want

    to help you

    make that future

    the one you

    deserve.

  • CONTENTS

    LETTER FROM PRINCE MANGOSUTHU

    BUTHELEZI 4

    SERVICE DELIVERY 6

    EDUCATION 8

    UNEMPLOYMENT & JOB CREATION

    10CORRUPTION

    12HEALTH

    13LAND USE AND REFORM

    14LAW AND ORDER

    17TRADITIONAL LEADERSHIP

    19

  • Dear friends and fellow South Africans,

    The IFP believes that when you vote you shape and own your own future. We want to help you make that future the one you deserve.

    The IFP has spent long hours listening to you and analysing the problems you have raised. We have spent even longer looking for viable solutions and practical steps to put

    these solutions into action. This mani-festo is proof of our commitment to

    you and our earnest desire to get South Africa working. It is also evidence of almost forty years experience in good governance. We know what works, and how to get things working.

    We value your opinion, your contribution as a donor and a volunteer, and your vote.

    South Africas Constitution gives us all the right to vote. But this right also comes with responsi-bilities and duties. It is our duty, come election time,

    to question the path and vision the country is

    pursuing. It is also the time to reassess those who represent us.

  • It is our duty to ask ourselves three questions:

    Areourrepresentativescapableoffulfillingtheirduties and their promises? Havetheyrepresentedourinterestswithhonestyand integrity? Havetheyrespondedtotheissuesthataffectour families?

    Today, many young South Africans believe that they will never begainfullyemployed.Theflowerystrugglerhetoricandappar-ent gains of the past twenty years have not helped millions of South Africans put food on their tables.1994 may have changed how we manage the affairs of our country; but for too many it has not changed how we live.

    Where once we struggled against Apartheid, now the vast major-ity of South Africans just seem to struggle. Frustration is rising,protestsareflaring,streetjusticeisburgeoning;andwho is responding? What is the government doing? Does it even care?

    These are questions we as South Africans should ask our repre-sentatives and ourselves as voters.

    If the answers do not meet your expectations, and if politi-cians choose to placate you with vague promises, then it is your duty it is your obligation as a citizen living in a democracy to vote with your feet.

    It is time for South Africans to demand more of government. Lets assess those in power and consider how we can make a change for our country, and ourselves. Your vote can change your future. I invite you to partner with the IFP, so that together we can heal our nation.

    PRINCE MANGOSUTHU BUTHELEZI MPPRESIDENT OF THE IFP

    5

  • SERVICE DELIVERY You Deserve Better!

    THE PROBLEMService delivery is in crisis and South Africans have lost faith that national, provincial and local government can perform even the most basic of functions: Waterserviceshavecollapsedbecauseexistinginfrastructurehasnot been maintained nor new infrastructure developed to meet our growing needs. In some places, there is no water at all. Peopleshealthisthreatenedandtheirdignityaffrontedbecausethe bucket system persists. Moneyiswastedandmunicipalitiesdonotspendthemoneytheyhave. This is why the poor live in squalor. Municipalitiescannotmanagefinanceseffectivelycreatingopportunitiesfor graft and fraud. Thoseresponsiblefordeliveringessentialservicesarenotqualifiedand rely on overpaid consultants to do their jobs. Onlycard-carryingmembersofaparticularpartyarehiredandpromoted. Toomanycouncillorsandofficialsaredishonestanddonotcareaboutour communities.

    OUR SOLUTIONProfessionalisehowmunicipalitiesaremanaged.Thismeansemployingqualifiedpeoplewhohavethepoliticalwillandexperienceto: Properlyplaninfrastructureandscheduleregularmaintenanceofexisting facilities; Deliverfreebasicservicestoallinneed; Hostregularcommunitymeetingstogivestatusupdatesandtolistento residentsissues;and Publiclyaccountforallmonies.

    We will also hold municipal managers to their targets by tracking track their progress with regular site visits and spot inspections.

    All South Africans deserve accountable delivery, not empty promises. For the IFP, it has and always will be our duty as your representatives to serve you.

    6

  • ACTION STEPSActions speak louder than words. Like you, the IFP wants to see action. This is why we will: Implementthelawwithoutfearorfavour,andtakequickactionagainst those who do not deliver. Employcompetentandexperiencedpeopleandofferon-the-jobtrainingto those who need it. Assessandrewardseniormanagersbasedontheirperformanceandnot theirexcuses. Takepoliticsoutofservicedelivery.Youhavetherighttoclean,drinkable water,dignifiedtoiletfacilities,shelterandelectricity,nomatterwhomyou vote for or where you live. Addressthecurrentskillsandcapacitycrisisbyrolling-outprofessional training programmes linked to compulsory norms and standards. Those who are not interested in learning will be retrenched and the policy of sec onding temporary consultants will end. Employazerotolerancepolicyoncorruption,prosecutingthoseaccused of corruption and ensuring that, if guilty, they serve their full sentences. Partnerwiththecommunity,especiallywomenanddifferentlyabled members, to help deliver essential services. These partnership pro grammes will promote sweat equity incentives to those who work to build houses, and lay pipes for water, electricity and sanitation in their communities.

    An IFP government will work for you. We value your dignity and your right to access clean water, electricity, toilets, roads, housing and other infrastructure.

    It is our duty to ensure that every South African can access quality services wherever they live.

    VOTE IFP!

    7

  • EDUCATIONIts about our children!

    THE PROBLEMThe education system in South Africa is broken. Many of our children have no desks or books or toilets and their education is held to ransom by unions who seem to be accountable to no one but themselves. The matric pass rate has been lowered to 30% to accommodate our falling standards yet despite this, learners will not be allowed to fail a grade more than once before being promot-ed. It is no surprise then, that the economy is underperforming because it lacks the required numbers of skilled people.

    Byvotingforthecurrentgovernment,weareharmingourchildrensfuture,andthe future of our country.

    Theeducationsystemprioritisesquantityoverquality.Itisunacceptable that any child should leave school without being able to read, write properly and understand basic arithmetic. Toomanyofourchildrensschoolsdonothavewater,libraries, laboratories,toiletsandtextbooks.Veryfewhaveadequatesports facilities. Toomanyofourchildrencannotaccessscholarships,bursariesorto study further. Thereisinadequateaccountabilityforfailure. Absentandovertaxedteachers,togetherwithstrikeaction,compromise how and what our children learn. Someprincipalslacktheabilitytonavigatethesystemandmanagetheir resources. Manyparentsarenotinvolvedintheirchildrenslearninganddonottrack orhelptheirchildrensprogress. Mostmatriculantsdonotmeetuniversitiesrealrequirements,becausethe quality of their matric does not equip them for tertiary study. Thegapbetweenhighschoolanduniversityneedstobebridgedtoensure that students are able to cope with university demands. Theabsenceofwork-integratedlearnershipspreventslearnersfrom gainingessentialexperience. Manyteachersareunder-qualifiedandareunabletoteachthecurriculum. FETcollegesarenotworkingastheyshould,makingthemunattractiveto learners and inadequate as an alternative.

    8

  • THE SOLUTIONOur education system needs to be overhauled to meet world standards. South Africasfuturesocio-economicstabilityandgrowthdependsonasystemthatprioritises trained teachers, proper educational facilities and quality results.

    ACTION STEPSTo nurture our children, the IFP is determined to: Focusonteachingourchildrentoread,writeandunderstandarithmetic. Re-focusthecurriculumtoconcentrateonqualityandtomotivate teachers and children to learn to think and challenge themselves. Standards must be raised. Encourageparentstogetmoreinvolvedintheirchildrenseducation. Takepoliticsoutofeducationourchildrensfutureshouldnotbe compromised by politicised unions and governing body politics. Helpteachersdeveloptheirskillsbyestablishingmoresupport programmes. Reopen closed teacher training colleges. Supporteachprincipalseffortstoholdtheirteachersaccountableand managetheirschoolshonestlyandefficiently. Promoteinclusiveeducationtocaterforthedifferentlyabled. SpendtheDepartmentofEducationsbudgethonestlyandeffectivelyso thateachschoolhastextbooks,water,toilets,electricity,alibraryanda laboratory. This means implementing the law to vet and monitor all tender procedures and to prosecute those suspected of corruption. Providebetteropportunitiesforschool-leaverstofindjobsbyfundingmore apprenticeships, especially for those from rural areas and townships. Supporttertiaryeducationbyallocatingmoremoneyforaccommodation and scholarships, bursaries or loans. SupportFETinstitutionsbyhelpingskilledtechnicianslearntoteach their craft. Monitorallaccreditedadulteducationcentrestoensurethequalitytheir curriculums.

    TheIFPvaluesourcountryschildrenandtheirfuture.We believe our children deserve to learn how to think and challenge themselves