We need to fight with one hand and build with the other – Buthelezi

2016-06-16 16:01
IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi in Soweto. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi in Soweto. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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Johannesburg  We need to fight with one hand and build with the other, Inkatha Freedon Party (IFP) leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, told youngsters on Thursday.

He urged youth at a rally in Meadowlands, Soweto to commemorate Youth Day, to learn from the lessons of the past and 1976. Thursday marked 40 years since the Soweto Uprising when pupils took to the streets to protest against being forced to be taught in Afrikaans.

“If we just tear down the things we dislike, without building something better, we will be left with nothing but ashes,” said Buthelezi.

He said it was tragic to see the emergence of a culture culture that destroyed schools and facilities on such a great scale, adding that the burning of more than 20 schools in Vuwani was a tragedy of some magnitude.

Vandalism degrades

“There is nothing which degrades us as a nation in the eyes of international community more than this kind of vandalism,” he said.

IFP members attended the rally in numbers, filling up the Meadowlands Hall in Soweto, singing and waving their IFP flags.

Supporters stood on their chairs as to welcome Buthelezi as he made his entrance. 

On June 16, 1976, police blocked the movement of between 10 000 to 20 000 pupils as they made their way towards the Orlando Stadium. 

It was during this confrontation near Orlando High that 13-year-old Hector Pieterson was killed. The total death toll was 176. At least 23 deaths occurred on the first day. 

Bring change

The police ordered township hospitals to report anyone receiving treatment for gunshot wounds, but doctors listed the wounds as abscesses.

Buthelezi said the youth of 1976 faced a government that would not listen. “When government does not listen, the people pay the price,” the IFP leader said.

“There is no reason for us to fall behind other countries and see our economic growth stagnate. There is no reason other than a weak leader,” he said.

Buthelezi urged supporters to use their power to bring change in the upcoming local elections being held on August 3.

Will your vote matter this August? See how your neighbours voted in 2011, could your vote be the difference between who runs your town? Find out with our interactive election maps.

Read more on:    ifp  |  mangosuthu buthelezi  |  johannesburg  |  local elections 2016  |  youth day  |  education

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