Buthelezi failed to answer – City Press

2010-09-14 10:00

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has not answered the simple question: “Is he their daddy?”, City Press said today, in response to criticism over an article on children he apparently had outside his marriages and then “dumped”.

City Press editor Ferial Haffajee said: “For two weeks, we held the story, awaiting comment from the IFP leader to the key question: Is he their daddy?”

This, after Buthelezi said the article was defamatory and meant to discredit him.

“In all the accusations Mr Buthelezi failed to answer this simple query. We believe this story to be true and this is the basis of publishing.

“We have no agenda against the IFP or any political party or leader.”

In a statement yesterday, Buthelezi said: “The City Press has been on a mission to discredit me and, in the absence of matters of substance that would clearly pertain to my public life, it has stooped to the level of tabloids that scrape the bottom of the barrel with defamatory and apocryphal averments.”

He felt the newspaper had “exploited” the recent arrest of his grandson on charges of theft of a licensed firearm.

When this failed, it revived “an old rumour peddled by my political opponents both inside and outside the IFP”.

Buthelezi made it clear he would not comment on “rumours that have a bearing on my personal life and my family”.

If they persisted, he would seek legal advice.

The newspaper reported on Sunday that four men, three of whom were surviving on pensions, and one who was a cleaner at a hospital, claimed Buthelezi “sired them” with a variety of women between 1948 and 1974 and then “dumped” them.

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