Shenge pledges ‘something better’

2011-04-26 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party leader Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi is hot on the campaign trail.

He spent yesterday in uMkhambathini (Camperdown) and spoke at a community meeting in Maqongqo and at a mini rally at KwaNyavu sports ground. Today he will be in the uMshwathi and Umvoti areas.

There were not as many supporters as had turned out before the 2009 election, when the IFP lost some support to the ANC.

The event went off without disruptions. There were no heckling ANC supporters and the only sign of opposition was when a New Freedom Party vehicle drove past the community hall towing a billboard advertising the breakaway party.

Addressing supporters in Maqongqo, Buthelezi gave a detailed account of how former chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi had brokeen ranks with the IFP.

He said that while the IFP was working at resolving the dispute, Magwaza-Msibi had already registered her new party.

But his party is not here to dictate and demand allegiance, he said. “We are here to offer you an alternative to the inadequate service delivery Camperdown has experienced in the past five years. We are here to bring you something better.”

Buthelezi said South Africa is tired of the failures and embarrassments of the ruling elite.

“We are tired of hearing about fraud and corruption in government.

“We are tired of the well-connected being above the rule of law.

“We are tired of skyrocketing food prices and the lack of assistance and support that struggling entrepreneurs and farmers receive from government,” he added.

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