Buthelezi’s daughter in court

2011-01-08 07:18

The daughter of Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Princess Phumzile, and two councillors had appeared in court for allegedly intimidating an ANC leader, KwaZulu-Natal police said today.

“They appeared in the Ulundi Magistrate’s Court (yesterday) for alleged intimidation.

The case has been remanded to January 21,” said Colonel Jay Naicker.

The trio was arrested on Thursday for allegedly intimidating an ANC councillor, Skhumbuzo Mabaso, at a community meeting in the Ulundi area, Naicker said.

They were released on R300 bail each.

Buthelezi said he was “deeply concerned” by the arrest of the group.

“I am informed that the meeting was attended by the Inkosi of the Mbatha Clan and his people,” he said in a statement.

“My information is that my daughter and other leaders tried to caution Councillor Mabaso not to show disrespect to the Inkosi, especially in the presence of so many people.”

Buthelezi said he was disturbed by the role of former IFP councillor, Makhosonke Msibi, in the matter.

“Quite recently, he accused the Inkosi’s deputy of my clan, Josias Mtshali, of intimidating ANC members.”

He said after the hearing the “whole thing turned out to be a complete fabrication”.

“Unless the ANC leadership reigns in Msibi, he is likely to cause unnecessary ructions and further widen the chasm that exists between the ANC and the IFP.

“There is a trend that whenever there is an election, the police are used to intimidate the rest of us with what is no less than unlawful arrests.”

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