IFP angry over ANC painting

2009-12-28 00:00

The Inkatha Freedom Party has urged the ANC to ‘correct the mistake’ of painting a monument in Imbali which honors members of both parties in ANC colours, lest they want to be reminded of the hatred of the past.

The monument which is located in Imbali Stage 2 honors members from both parties who died at the height of political violence in the city.

However, the railings of the monument have been painted in black, green and yellow, ANC colors. When the The Witness visited it recently, the railings were still sticky with paint showing that they have recently been painted.

IFP leader Velaphi Ndlovu said his party had taken offence that the ANC had dared to paint the fencing of monument as if the remembrance wall has only the names of their members.

“We have spoken to the leadership of the IFP in the area, and they have made it clear that they had not been made aware of any repainting of the monument,” said Ndlovu. “What we want to know is who gave them the permission to do that.”

“The railings of the monument are painted in ANC colours; there are also flowers on the Monument with ANC colours so it is clear that whoever painted there did so with the ANC’s permission.”

Ndlovu said if there was a need to repaint the area they should have been consulted. “The area should have been painted with the South African flag colors. That way it will be acceptable to everyone as members of both parties are being honored there.”

“They should therefore correct the mistake unless they want to reawake the ‘buried hatred’.”

ANC secretary in the Moses Mabhida region, Super Zuma said he was not even aware that the monument had been repainted. “I cannot comment on something I have not seen so I will have to check first.”

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