Durban - IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi
has accused the
ANC and the NFP of using government resources to fund their respective election
Buthelezi told supporters in the northern Kwazulu-Natal
town of Umkhanyakude: "We have now learnt through the media of the
disturbing allegations that Mrs KaMagwaza-Msibi is using the Zululand
Municipality funds to finance her election campaign."
He said it was significant that former police chief Bheki
Cele had led a protest against National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele
kaMagwaza-Msibi's alleged used of funds from the Zululand District
Municipality, of which she is the mayor.
"The irony is that even the African National
Congress uses state resources to finance their election campaign,"
"So, it is the question of the pot calling the
Buthelezi did not say from which media the allegations
had emanated, but said that it was "difficult to imagine how the ANC could
have demonstrated against their coalition partner, if these allegations about
this lady's abuse of municipal funds were untrue".
The ANC and NFP are in alliance in a number of rural
municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.
KaMagwaza-Msibi was the IFP's chairperson until she quit
the party to form the NFP three months before the 2011 local government
Buthelezi said it was striking that former stalwarts of
the ruling ANC had advised ANC supporters to spoil their ballots.
No vote campaign
Last week, former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils
and former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge launched the
"Sidikiwe! Vukani! Vote no!" campaign, which calls on South Africans
to either vote for a minority party, or spoil their ballots.
Buthelezi said: "These stalwarts of the ruling party
have recognised that something has fundamentally changed in the ruling party.
Something has gone rotten."
He said the message from Kasrils was irresponsible and
that South Africans should not deny themselves the right to vote after having
fought so hard to obtain that right.
"Undoubtedly, we need to fire some people from
government. But a spoilt ballot won't do that. More importantly, a spoilt
ballot won't put in place the right people for the job. It is just a lost
The NFP's secretary general Nhlanhla Khubisa accused
Buthelezi of clutching at straws.
"You must understand that before they had many
municipalities and now they only have three. We have 19. It's a question of
sour grapes. They are clutching at straws. They have no direction," said
He said the NFP had been "reliably informed"
that cars from the three municipalities still under the control of the IFP were
being used for campaigning purposes.
"We don't want to waste time with them [the IFP].
Wasting our time on them will not assist us," he said.