IFP youth wing takes on eThekwini mayor

2011-09-19 00:00

THE youth wing of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has threatened to make eThekwini ungovernable after eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said that the council had resolved years ago to rename Mangosuthu Highway the Griffiths Mxenge Highway.

Responding to media questions last week on whether the city would continue renaming disputed streets, Nxumalo said there was a standing council resolution to rename Mangosuthu Highway after the slain ANC laywer from Umlazi.

IFP youth brigade national chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said the mayor “is obviously hell bent on perpetuating intolerance and provocation”.

Hlengwa added, “He is at odds with all efforts of reconciliation between the IFP and the ANC. His actions will not go by unchallenged.

“We call upon him to reverse this decision for the sake of peace and stability in eThekwini, and beyond.”

Hlengwa said the IFPYB intends to see the mayor with a view to engage on this matter.

“We will use every possible avenue available to us to change this dictatorial decision, and if that means rendering eThekwini ungovernable then so be it.

“We are sick and tired of being bullied by the ANC.

“There comes a time when enough is enough. We have long passed that time. We have had it.

“We declare war on the obliteration of our history. The attainment of freedom and democracy was never solely an ANC act,” said Hlengwa.

The renaming of eThekwini streets sparked off protests from the IFP and other opposition parties including the Democratic Alliance, which took the matter to court.

Municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng emphasised that the resolution to change the street names was a council resolution.

skhumbuzo.miya@witness.co.za

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