Shenge told of attempt on his life

2010-07-26 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi says he has been warned of an assassination plot against him.

Writing in his online newsletter, Buthelezi said police officers have been sent to warn him that, based on their assessment, his life is in danger. He said he is not scared of dying as he has been an object of assassination threats all his life.

Buthelezi said he was warned by Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele, in a message via an MEC, “that if the party held its national conference now there would be a bloodbath”.

The IFP leader said he hopes Cele’s words convey the seriousness of the situation and belie accusations that the leadership is clinging to power over its decision toe postpone the national elective conference.

Buthelezi said that in the run-up to the conference, there were police reports that warned that the life of a senior IFP leader was in danger.

There have also been intelligence reports referring to guns and ammunition being moved from Durban to Ulundi.

Earlier this week, The Witness reported that there are fears of escalating violence in the IFP leadership battle following the shooting of a party leader in Estcourt, Mthembeni Majola.

City Press reported yesterday that Buthelezi also faces a personal crisis. One of his grandsons, a grade 10 pupil was sentenced last month to two years’ imprisonment for stealing his grandfather’s licensed firearm. The IFP leader’s gun has still not been found.

City Press reported that the youth admitted to stealing the gun and then claimed that one of his friends might then have stolen it from him.

In a statement yesterday, Buthelezi said his grandson’s conviction for theft of a licensed firearm is a private family matter and is receiving the attention fof all the people concerned.

Buthelezi also noted speculation about a recent meeting he had with President Jacob Zuma. He said it was a confidential discussion and he is not prepared to publicise details on the meeting.

 

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