Buthelezi urges tolerance between IFP and ANC

2007-12-17 00:00

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has called for more tolerance between members of his party and those of the ANC.

This plea was made against the backdrop of the souring relations between the two parties, especially in the province, which saw an end to a “political partnership” between the two parties.

He cited the expulsion of IFP MECs, last year, from Premier S’bu Ndebele’s executive as one of many factors that impacted on this partnership.

“If the sometimes troubled partnership between the two major parties in the province is to benefit the people of KwaZulu-Natal, viable democracy is needed as the backdrop of the ongoing political competition,” he said.

Buthelezi was speaking at a poorly-attended IFP rally in Inanda, Durban on Saturday. He focused mainly on the relations between his party and the ANC during the rally to commemorate IFP members who were victims of political violence in the area.

“They paid the highest price with their lives for their beliefs and convictions … We can only honour their memory by working harder for our voice to be heard. That can only happen through us recruiting more people to join us.”

Buthelezi also used the chance to mobilise his supporters for the upcoming 2009 general elections.

He called on his supporters to register to vote and assists others in doing so.

“We should not do what gave us setbacks in the 2004 general election and in the 2006 local government elections when we just did not register to vote in droves as our opposition did. Otherwise getting here on a day like this just to sing and chant will not win us elections,” Buthelezi warned.

bmbanjwa@witness.co.za

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