The IFP has set its sights on claiming victory in the rural KwaZulu-Natal strongholds, with a particular focus on Nkandla, the stomping ground of former president Jacob Zuma. 

On Friday the party will be sending its leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, to campaign in the area. The controversy around the upgrades to Zuma's Nkandla homestead led to widespread condemnation, and his decision to not comply with recommendations in a public protector report on the matter resulted in the Constitutional Court finding that he violated his oath of office. He had to pay back R7.9m for nonsecurity upgrades. 

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