Malema to campaign in Buthelezi’s back yard, but IFP youth unfazed

2011-04-13 00:00

THE youth wing of Inkatha Freedom Party has welcomed with caution an announcement by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal that it will stage a massive motorcade election campaign in the back yard of IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi homestead this weekend.

The motorcade, which will proceed through Buthelezi’s KwaPhindangene homestead at Mahlabathini, will be led by ANCYL president Julius Malema

ANCYL’s deputy provincial secretary, Sboniso Duma, said Buthelezi “must brace himself for a full force” led by Malema and the provincial leadership in Mahlabathini on Sunday.

“As the youth league in this province, we want to make it clear that the days of no-go areas in this province are a thing of the past.

“Young people of the Zululand district are sick and tired of being oppressed by Dr Buthelezi and his friends.

“We are therefore calling upon the whole community of Mahlabathini to come out in their numbers and attend this historic activity that will see the IFP president saying goodbye to his political career,” Duma said.

Newly elected IFP Youth Brigade chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said that according to the Constitution and principles of democracy, Malema is welcome to campaign in the area, but he should also know that with rights come responsibilities “and that rights do not warrant provocation”.

It is not the first time that Malema and the ANCYL have threatened to campaign in Buthelezi’s KwaPhindangene back yard.

Prior to the 2009 general elections, the youth league president made the same threats and eventually campaigned for the ANC in the Zululand district.

Hlengwa said, “This is not the first time that Mr Malema has used the same cheap political tool of campaigning in the locality of the IFP president’s residence and his posturing in this regard has now become electoral rhetoric.

“It appears that for Mr Malema to gain the publicity he seeks, he must use the name of the IFP president.

“This rhetoric is now becoming stale and as all his previous attempts at gaining any votes in the Mahlabathini area have failed. We suggest Mr Malema seriously reconsiders his electioneering techniques.”

Hlengwa assured the ANCYL that its campaign in the traditional IFP stronghold of Zululand will bear no fruit because his party would retain control of the municipalities after the May 18 elections.

“On the other hand, we do not need to use fanfare to announce that we are campaigning in Nkandla, President Zuma’s homestead, as it is no strange area to us. It is an IFP-controlled municipality, with even President Zuma’s local councillor being from the IFP, just as KwaPhindangene and Mahlabathini will still be IFP-controlled after the May 18 local government elections.”

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