‘Even God can smell ANC rot from heaven’ – Mangosuthu Buthelezi

2014-04-23 08:50

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The ballot-spoiling campaign being advocated by ANC veterans Ronnie Kasrils and Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge would be a waste of votes needed to get rid of bad leaders, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has said.

Addressing an election rally in Ingwavuma in northern KwaZulu-Natal yesterday, Buthelezi said that although he understood the ANC veterans’ motivation, voters should rather use the May 7 election to “vote for honest leaders and not thieves”.

Buthelezi said the campaign was an indication that many in the ANC could now see the rot in their own party.

“They see that the rot [in the ANC] is so bad that even God can smell it from heaven,” he said.

In a speech laden with attacks on corruption and poor leadership in the ANC , he said the ANC wanted to silence any talk of corruption in its leadership.

“The ruling party wishes to just tell you about all the houses they have built over the past 20 years. But they will not tell you why more than R200 million was spent on one house in Nkandla,” said the IFP leader.

He said the ANC may be holding the reins of power, but they were not leaders.

“Leaders do not allow the police to just shoot striking miners. Leaders do not promise half a million jobs and instead a million jobs get lost. Leaders do not give their boyfriends tenders...”

Buthelezi ominously warned to be cautious of election day shenanigans.

“We are facing criminals. I mean it. We are facing criminals with nails as long as roosters’ toenails,” he warned.

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