Buthelezi: ‘Youth are not to blame for party woes’

2011-03-14 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi denied this weekend that the ructions that have engulfed the party in the last two years were spearheaded by the party youth who wanted transformation.

Rather, he blamed the current situation on certain IFP leaders who had failed to secure seats in the national Parliament and the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature after the 2009 elections.

Buthelezi was speaking at the IFP Youth Brigade elective conference at Mandleni/Matleng camp, the first major IFP conference since the split that has seen its national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi establishing the National Freedom Party (NFP) earlier this year.

Addressing hundreds of IFP youth, Buthelezi also blamed Magwaza-Msibi for misleading the IFP youths to fight her leadership battles.

“A heady lie has been told that the fire we have gone through as a party was ignited by IFP youth who sought transformation and abandoned decorum.

“In truth, the first tremors that announced the rupture to come were felt right after the 2009 national election, in which the IFP did not do as well as we had expected or hoped...

“Because of our decreased support, some of our candidates for the national parliament and the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature never won those seats. They were aggrieved and looked for a scapegoat, rather than looking at themselves.

“Suggestions were made that I should remove those already in office to give seats to those who hadn’t made it. But there is no provision in law for me to remove and replace representatives in this manner.’’

Buthelezi said the disgruntled leaders then used the “youth’s concern to further their own ambitions, by turning it into a call for a massive change in leadership”.

In terms of policy, he said the NFP had no separate identity, calling its members “ANC clones”.

 

 

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