Buthelezi slates ANC, NFP

2011-05-15 19:53

Johannesburg - IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi slated the ANC and the recently formed National Freedom Party (NFP) at his party's final election rally in KwaZulu-Natal's uThungulu district on Sunday.

He said the ANC was a "self-centred and uncaring government", whose denial of "its own failure to make local government work is so strong that it will not budge before the loss of human life".

He cited the April 13 death of Ficksburg service delivery protester Andries Tatane, who was allegedly killed at the hands of police.

"The recent incident near Ficksburg, in the Free State, where a service delivery protester was shot dead by the police has come to symbolise a failed ANC-run municipality within a failed ANC-controlled state," he said.

"Andries Tatane, a local activist, took to the streets against the lack of basic services in his community and he paid for this with his life at the hands of the state police."

The shooting clearly showed that the ANC was more concerned about preserving its unchallenged power in all spheres of government than in ensuring it met its targets for the delivery of basic services to communities, said Buthelezi

He said the IFP break-away party, the NFP, led by his former national chairperson Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi had done "tremendous damage" to the IFP's public image and was only driven only by her "personal ambition".

"The truth is that voting for this new party is no different from voting for the ANC, whose influence and finances in the NFP are there to see for anyone who cares to look. The NFP is a party with not a single credible personality or policy," he said.

He also said he found it amusing that "all of a sudden delivery speeds up ahead of an election and how all of a sudden public infrastructure which desperate communities have had to wait for years magically appears for a hand-over in the run up to an election".

  • - 2011-05-15 21:12

    Go Mango(suthu)

  • Sikhumbuzo - 2011-05-15 21:22

    Buthelezi must remember that his party was once a government of KwaZulu and later KwaZulu Natal that failed the toiling masses of our beloved province and in extension country. As a prince he once accepted the Bantu Authorities Act in 1951 while his mother Princes magogo and brother Mceleli opposed it. So he has a history of going afainst the tide

      World Traveler - 2011-05-15 22:30

      He is his own man, not an anc yes-boy!

      BrokenLink - 2011-05-15 22:51

      Why is that a bad thing? The current ANC have failed as a government and is turning an organization that has fought for the freedom of their people for almost a 100 years into an international joke with their infighting and greedy lifestyles while that majority of black south africans, their own people, still live in poverty. Mandela was a great man, he truly cared for his people, unfortunately his successors clearly does not. They are simply using the suffering of their people as an excuse to stay in power and enrich themselves.

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-15 22:29

    Viva DA! Viva IFP! Viva Cope! Adios anc!

  • Zakhele - 2011-05-17 09:18

    Says the man who (together with Verwoerd and later with PW Botha and De Klerk) killed over 3000 people. The man who will not stand in public and ask his killers to stop killing people because they were Xhosa. The man who refused when Mandela and others asked him to join up with the ANC- they had hoped and believed him when he said he was fighting for freedom whilst they were in prisons. It turned out that Buthelezi had other important friends in De Klerk and the National Party government. You had to be in the line of fire to learn not to be afraid of Buthelezi. He made me and my friends pick up empty AK47 empty barrels on Chistmass day, Sundays, Saturdays, midnight, early hours of the morning whilst the ANC was telling him that there was a third force behind the quarrel and rift. I am surprised that Buthelezi knows anything about killing innocent people. Buthelezi: Do the right thing. Be the agent of change before you die. Tell the whole truth and you will be forgiven. Don't try hide it the victims (including myself) can see right through your eyes!

  • Craig Dennis - 2011-05-19 11:29

    Probably time to quit Mr Buthelezi, it seems that on your watch the IFP has fallen from grace and is now a shadow of its former self. By hanging around you are strengthening the ANC's hand by splitting your voters! Hang up your boots!

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