Buthelezi calls for change in government

2014-01-27 00:00

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi says it is time to change the government so that South Africa gets leadership underpinned by honesty, competency, reliability and efficiency.

Addressing the launch of the party’s election volunteer campaign in Nkandla yesterday, Buthelezi said only the IFP was capable of restoring sound values to politics.

“No one else wants to, and no one else has the credibility to do it. But the IFP knows that this is not only what South Africa needs, but what the future of our country depends on.

“If we continue down the present path of ever-diminishing moral leadership, things will only get worse,” he said.

Buthelezi warned of another five years of discordant policy, abandoned programmes, mismanaged finances and the enrichment of the political elite if the ANC won the election.

“No, the rot stops here. Change is coming to South Africa, and it’s coming soon. We will usher it in on the strength of the ballot box.”

He called on IFP volunteers to work for change in KwaZulu-Natal over the next few months.

“I want to commission you to start changing hearts and minds, for that it where the real change starts. Once people grasp the truth about the IFP’s role in our past, our present and our future, they will recognise the importance of changing their vote to the IFP and strengthening our fight.”

Buthelezi said the IFP’s opponents disparaged his party and discredited its “legacy of servant leadership”. “They have been doing this for decades.”

He also took a swipe at academics who were critical of Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema for apologising to him for remarks made years ago. He defended Malema’s stance in making an effort to normalise relations between them. “That in fact showed maturity in the leadership of Malema. Only a great person finds it easy to say ‘I am sorry’,” he said.

“Even for the sake of a free and fair election, it was good for Mr Malema to do what he did.”

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