Buthelezi blames ANC for his defeat

2012-07-12 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi has accused the ANC of a grand plan to wipe him off the political map. He said this yesterday after failing to be re-elected as chairperson of the Zululand District of the House of Traditional Leaders.

Buthelezi said he was a democrat and wished the new chairperson, ANC-aligned Landokwakhe Ntshangase, well. He said he would work with him. However, he expressed his concern about the “political agendas” that influenced the elections.

He accused the ruling party of first using legislation to get rid of him by changing the term of office of traditional leaders. Later, he said, people were “primed to vote” in a certain way. He accused a certain inkosi of dishing out R5 000 bribes.

Buthelezi said senior ANC leaders in the KZN Legislature were present at the election even though they did not reside in Zululand and were not amakhosi.

“Clearly the ANC was leaving no stone unturned to ensure that I was not re-elected,” he added.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala dismissed Buthelezi’s allegations as “laughable”.

Zikalala said: “The IFP must reject that their leader has become irrelevant and is being rejected by all the structures of society.”

In a statement yesterday, the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) said it refused to be drawn into dignifying preposterous allegations that could not be substantiated by facts.

Spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the elections were for amakhosi and they voted for each other on the basis of the track records and confidence they had in each other. The elections were conducted by the Independent Electoral Commission.

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