IFP: A healthy-looking Buthelezi rubbishes rumours that he’s stressed

2009-05-04 00:00

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has rubbished newspaper reports that he and the party’s national chairwoman, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, were hospitalised after losing the province in last month’s elections to the ANC.

A perky looking Buthelezi held a press conference yesterday to show reporters and the public that he is fit and flourishing. This follows reports yesterday that Buthelezi had been hospitalised since Wednesday.

Buthelezi said he had gone into St Augustine’s for a routine procedure and the next minute he read in certain newspapers that he was sick.

“I am quite upset as I have been receiving phone calls from all over the country enquiring about my well-being. This is why I decided to sit here before you so that you can see that I am as healthy now as I was before the elections.”

KaMagwaza-Msibi, who was also rumoured to have been hospitalised at the weekend, called the allegations “malicious”. She said that last week she was in meetings with senior provincial leaders. She said that at the weekend she was at “thank-you” rallies in Ulundi and Newcastle and yesterday she was at a national executive committee meeting.

She said she believes that those behind the rumours aimed to send out a message that the IFP is upset by the election results in the province.

She said the IFP has been consolidating its structures and preparing for the 2011 local government elections.

Buthelezi said he is looking forward to his new term in Parliament.

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