IFP march over history book

2008-05-13 00:00

The IFP will today embark on two marches to protest against the use of a Grade 12 history book in schools across SA.

The party’s national organiser, Albert Mncwango, has labelled the prescribed history book, In Search of History, as ANC propaganda masquerading as a textbook.

"This is nothing more than the sugar-coating of the ANC’s history and brings to mind tactics used by the likes of [propagandist Joseph] Goebbels to sell Nazism," Mncwango said yesterday.

The book, Mncwango told The Witness, portrays IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi as "an obstructionist and a killer who was conniving with the apartheid forces".

"We strongly believe that this is a ploy by the ruling party to undermine the role played by Buthelezi in the liberation of the country. [This book] tells blatant lies and deliberately distorts facts about the role of the IFP …"

According to Mncwango, Buthelezi has since last year entered into correspondence with national Education Minister Naledi Pandor.

"However this has not yielded the required results as the use of the book has not been discontinued … "

The two marches will be held in Port Shepstone and Empangeni. Both marches are scheduled to start at 10 am.

Education Department spokesman Lunga Ngqengelele refuted claims that the book is a prescribed text for Grade 12 pupils. "This is not a prescribed book, but it is additional material that learners can use," was all he said.

bmbanjwa@witness.co.za

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