IFP’s Mncwango repudiates ‘integration corruption’ claims

2009-11-23 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party’s National organiser Albert Mncwango said he was disappointed in members of the party’s aligned Self Protection Units (SPUs), for making allegations that he is not helping them in any way to get them integrated into the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

The SPUs made the allegations during their meeting in Elandskop, to ce­lebrate their court case victory last month.

At the meeting, unit Regimental Sergeant Major Moses Nkosi alleged that government refuses to integrate them into the SANDF, like all the other military formations that existed before 1994. He further alleged that Mncwango was mandated by the IFP to represent the unit in the process of finding a way to integrate its members into the SANDF.

“We’ve been waiting for the time where our members would be absorbed into the country’s defence force. We feel that Mncwango and others have failed us. If you have your Umkhonto Wesizwe and Azanian People’s Liberation Army cadres integrated into the SANDF, why are we left out of the process? We believe that there is what we call ‘integration corruption’, and those who were supposed to be representing us should be investigated,” Nkosi said.

He said they have tried to contact IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, but those attempts were thwarted by Mncwango and others.

“When Mosiuoa Lekota took over as minister of defence, after the death of Joe Modise, he said he will never integrate us because we were killing ANC members. That is not the truth.”

Mncwango denies that he was mandated by the party to handle the re-integration talks on behalf of the unit. He said he was doing this in his own capacity as a representative of the people in parliament.

“First of all, the Integration Act was phased out in 1999, so people should­n’­­t be talking integration at this stage. At some stage I have raised the matter of the SPUs in parliament, stating that if we have trained people [and they are] loafing around, the crime rate will escalate.”

He said he has requested an appointment with the current minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, but has been waiting for three months now with no reply. He also said the then government of KZN formed the SPUs in response to the violence at the time, which saw the killing of indunas and IFP councillors. “SPUs were often used to protect social assets.”

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