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ANC out to destroy IFP - Buthelezi

2011-02-15 22:19

Cape Town - There is "clear evidence" that ANC leaders are providing political help and massive amounts of money to a campaign aimed at destroying the Inkatha Freedom Party, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

In a remarkable speech delivered during debate on last week's state of the nation address, he also said the ruling party was trying to oust him as IFP head.

After telling MPs that under President Jacob Zuma's leadership, reconciliation was being "muscled off the agenda", Buthelezi then warned them that a "nascent threat of taking us back to a time of violence and bloodshed" existed between the IFP and the African National Congress.

"There is clear evidence that leaders of the ANC have provided their political assistance, massive financial resources and moral support to destroy the IFP and oust me as its leader."

Buthelezi then questioned Zuma's integrity, asking: "Can we believe his commitment to democracy while he is involved in undermining it at grassroots level?"

He said Zuma had met him in Durban in July last year and advised him, due to the ructions then taking place within the IFP, to step down as its leader.

"I respect our president... and thus took no exception to his suggestion. Yet I replied that his advice would carry more weight were it not for the ANC's role in our [the IFP's] problems."

Extensive evidence

Buthelezi said he had told Zuma of "extensive evidence" detailing the ruling party's manipulating IFP internal processes and using "dirty trick techniques" to undermine them.

Further, "massive money was changing hands, promises were made and violence was again resorted to, to subjugate people or elicit their allegiance".

Zuma had agreed to speak to his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe about the matter.

Yet a month later, when he (Buthelezi) had met Motlanthe, the deputy president had been "taken by surprise" by the things Buthelezi told him.

"The president had not apprised him of our conversation. They had not discussed it at all."

Buthelezi referred to the power struggle within his party last year, which culminated last month in the expulsion of certain KwaZulu-Natal councillors who had defected to the break-away New National Party in the province.

He said "certain ANC leaders" had taken advantage of the rifts the struggle had opened in the IFP.

"Certain ANC leaders saw the fracture, took up a chisel and dealt a terrible blow to the IFP. They did it with money and propaganda. They did it to finally destroy their old opponent."

Buthelezi said some members of the ANC "have spoken to me and expressed their regrets over what is being done to us".

He further warned that tensions were mounting.

"The tensions are mounting. People have died in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. On Sunday we buried IFP councillor Mr Simon Shange, who was assassinated in Mandeni."

Shange was found dead last week in eNdulinde in eShowe after leaving home with two unknown men. Two men have been arrested in connection with his death.

Buthelezi offered as proof of his allegations sworn affidavits from senior members of the Umvoti Municipality, which allege, among other things, that they were offered money and diplomatic positions by a senior ANC councillor who was "a close confidante of both [President Jacob Zuma] and KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize".

Comments
  • Jimmy - 2011-02-15 23:11

    Makes sense - if you can use dirty tactics like promising a place in heaven to ANC voters, what's one more dirty tactic ? Zuma came into office with dirty tactics - respect 'OUR' President please ! He'll never be my President.

      lmduplessis - 2011-02-15 23:15

      Monica Lewinsky had more president in here than Zuma ever will!

      Mebob - 2011-02-16 07:36

      I am not a supporter of the ANC and definately no supporter of Zooma,but Mango sold his own people during apartheid by accepting gifts and bribes from the Nats to destroy the ANC.He is getting just desserts for all his wrong doing.He had open hatred towards the ANC then, so why should they show him any love?

      zumalema - 2011-02-16 07:51

      Mebob - you are wrong. Buthelezi was against apartheid but chose the way of dialogue. Nelson on the other hand, chose the way of fire power and death and his minions never learned any different. Mango developed KZN into what was then, one of the better provinces with large factories built where the people lived. The ANC, with the backing of the electorate, have destroyed SA beyond repair. In KZN, they have undone everything that Mango did. Mango and the IFP is one of the saddest stories to have come out of the post apartheid era.

      TheNewSA - 2011-02-16 08:43

      @lmduplessis, hahahah classic!

      thuthukag - 2011-02-16 09:20

      @Zumalema, I grew up under the Buthelezi era in KZN, and your statement about Buthelezi vs Mandela couldn't be further from the truth. Buthelezi was a tyrant who's thugs, like many on this forum, had a "gift" of spotting an ANC supporters and took it upon themselves to set alight those people and their homes. This I saw with my own eyes. I think you must revisit history, and speak to people who experienced this rather than draw your own conclusions from "facts" gathered in your sleep and portraying them as actual facts. From my personal experience, I feel nothing for his current circumstances, and I wouldn't dismiss the possibility that all he goes on about in the article is lies. We never needed this man, just like we never needed the apartheid system.

      Savito - 2011-02-16 09:36

      @Zumalema,u probably a inlove with the IFP and Chief Buthelezi.Ur Mango committed so many attrocities during apartheid and was a darling of the oppresive minoruty because they ued him in2 furthering their agenda in and he inturn benefited.To all those who hate the ANC and Pres Zuma.tough luck,u are doomed for a lifelong bumy ride coz here in SA the reality is that Pres Zuma is the president of the republic uthanda ungathandi,u can go jump 4 that matter if ur imbecile mind cannot take that simple fact and yes the ANC is gonna rule until jesus come.AMANDLANESS!!!!!!!!!

      Zakhele - 2011-02-16 10:20

      @thuthukag- A family would be having supper at 07 o'clock evening. The IFP thugs would rock up with AK47s and the next weekend will a funeral of 4, 5, 6, .. family members buried in the yard. His thugs would be jumping with guns celebrating killing people. He was asked to stop the killing. He denied it. You would be on the train to JHB and IFP soldiers would rock up and empty all AK47s on all of us. I remember going to the university by train. His guys rocked up. Opened fire. People were running for their lives on the coach with the train moving. I remember crippling people making them fall and pile on top of me (as shields) as the guns were just blazing non-stop. Next train stop the survivors get out. Whether you have money for a taxi or it was not important anymore. You would go to a telkom tikibox phone to phone home. Or you would walk all the way back home. Buthelezi would be out there on TV denying the whole thing. On Christmas day: We sitted outside the house in the yard. IFP soldiers start shooting people in the hostels. People run to the township. We get woken up in the middle of the night-the Buthelezi soldiers are searching for the refugees in case we are harbouring them. They ask for an IFP card and if you haven't got you better speak deep hard core isiZulu otherwise you and the whole family you are a piece of dead meat. The only reason I am alive today is because I spoke deep hardcore isiZulu, otherwise I would have been dead by now. That is you Mangosuthu!

  • Francois - 2011-02-16 00:05

    Wrong Buthelazy, YOU are destroying the IFP.

  • Assegaai - 2011-02-16 00:39

    If they want to destroy you vote DA.That will teach them.

      simodi - 2011-02-16 12:35

      if they vote DA u the spear of the nation(assegai)SA will go back to its apartheid regime never ever a black person Vote for a white party never in my life time"VIVA ANC VIVA"

      Uncle Spud - 2011-02-17 13:48

      I am replying to simodi: There will NEVER be another apartheid regime in SA. White folk voted against it and the ANC use it. ANC want you to think like you do. Fear of aparthied, they love it. They know it will never happen. Vote DA, it's your only chance of a decent country.

      ry4ncarpenter - 2011-02-21 13:42

      Simodi you must have a similar IQ of a stone to say something like that. So you are saying you vote ANC because they are a black party no other reason? Even if they "ANC" couldn't care less about you. We educated people vote using different critigue like service delivery and corruption in mind - for you that doesn't even pay a pivotal roll. Where do people like you come from ??? The future of SA is in the hands of retards like you - WHY??? I bet if the requirements to vote where you had to pay your taxes and had to have a IQ over 100 the ANC would have less than 5% of the national vote - no doubt.

  • Gundaan - 2011-02-16 01:11

    When the elephants fight the grass gets trampled ..lovely ...watch this space ...

  • grottobay1 - 2011-02-16 05:04

    Uncle Mangosuthu should look what is happening on his own front lawn before worrying what is happening in other peoples back yards. Show me a large town/city in KZN which is managed properly by the IFP. There is more back stabbing and jossling for position amongst IFP members than he can imagine.AND,it has NOTHING to do with loyalty,serving the people or anything noble like that. IT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY.These councillors now have a permanent job and they cannot afford to leave their posts and are not qualified to get a job "outside" council.They will do ANYTHING to keep their positions. That includes supporting and joining the ANC.SORT OUT YOUR TOP STRUCTURES FIRST AND YOU COULD HAVE A SMALL CHANCE OF SURVIVAL. I used to be an IFP member years ago. NOTHING has changed.

  • Allin - 2011-02-16 06:01

    The ANC will have its work cut out to destroy the IFP before it ceases to exist in any case.

  • Solwazi - 2011-02-16 06:54

    IFP DESTROYED ITSELF BY ADOPTING DICTATORSHIP AS AN ORDER OF THE DAY. PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN THE NAME OF PREVENTING ANC FROM TAKING OUR LAND.....PREACHES OF THE IFP

      gekko - 2011-02-16 09:48

      As oppose to the ANC not doing the above????

  • Mnumzane - 2011-02-16 07:04

    I think it age talking here Shenge. You have reached your sell by date. Stale news from your mouth. After the meeting with JZ in Durban, you said you do want to disclose what was discussed as it was a secret information, now because you can see pple you trusted in your falling party are leaving you are claiming JZ and ANC are involved. Did they block the IFP AGM where leadership were going to be voted in. Did the ANC force you to ill treat VZ. You are out of order old man.

  • Homo-Sapien - 2011-02-16 07:39

    IFP is like a Betamax Recorder

  • jdt - 2011-02-16 07:52

    Quote:"Buthelezi referred to the power struggle within his party last year, which culminated last month in the expulsion of certain KwaZulu-Natal councillors who had defected to the break-away New National Party in the province." Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it the NATIONAL FREEDOM PARTY and not the NEW NATIONAL PARTY?

  • Dewet - 2011-02-16 07:57

    Step down It is time for a new IFP leader. You have to try something new to try and get back support so we don't live in a one party democracy. It's for the good of the every citizen. Time to retire with some dignity left. If there's no one suitable to fill your shoes, you haven't been doing your job properly anyway

  • Zakhele - 2011-02-16 08:04

    Hey f**k off Buthelezi. I don't even have to read what you have to say in your accusation. Just shut the f**k up idiot. Go kill your former fellow IFP members. Go to hell man! You been killing and letting us down since he days of your great friends Verwoerd and the PW Bothas. What do you want now Shenge? Your own people have finally seen the monster in you and now you want to blame this on ANC? Hamba uyokwlusa izinkomo mdodovu wekhehla (Go look after the cattle old man).

      Tereblanche - 2011-02-16 09:34

      Zakhele, you may state your facts without being disrepectful, we do not need ruble rousers on this blog, aurgue with descent.

      Zakhele - 2011-02-16 10:02

      @Tereblanche- I apologise for harsh words. This man is never going to repent. Lots of families were broken by his troops that killed an terrorised innocent people. He made killing of people a hobby for his uneducated thugs. He must have killed well over 3000 people in his ugly entire political career. He is labelling the ANC for his own bad management and stupidity.

      nsikhakhane0 - 2011-02-16 10:04

      You are a black person but your comment show how immature are you. What do you teach your children if you have ones? Zifundise ukukhuluma dont embarass us from other races.....

  • Phoenix - 2011-02-16 08:07

    Typical of the ANC. The ANC is taking South Africa in the same direction as Zimbabwe. They need to be stopped, or this country is doomed. Remember how many people have predicted accidents, big events that went wrong or bad? Remember when a friend or family member came to you and said don't go to this party or don't do that, because it will only turn out bad? We get warned everyday of the worst things that will happen, and they DO HAPPEN while we blindly ignore the warnings and signs. I WARN you ALL. The ANC is destroying South Africa. They will not stop until South Africa has been dried up with nothing left to offer. People are leaving SA in the thousands. One of many reasons is because of the ANC. I followed Nelson Mandela. He is the Hero. The ANC are destroying the true dream he had. Nelson Mandela even admitted it on National TV. That says a hell of a lot already.

      Tereblanche - 2011-02-16 09:37

      Please use spoecifics and tell us what has ANC destroyed? When did Madiba denounce ANC 's policies nor governance?

      Africanchild - 2011-02-16 10:04

      Can you do us a huge favour Phoneix and follow those that live South Africa, I am sure you will make a good prophet of doom with your predictions in other countries. I am sure IFP can sort out its problems if they can focus on been relevent to the voters. Shenge must keep in mind that the voters loyalty is not with personalities the power is the relevents of the needs of the people, This is the reoson we vote ANC and we will still vote ANC even on the local municipal elections as we can trust them with our mandate as the people.

      Phoenix - 2011-02-16 12:49

      @Tereblanch. You should watch TV more often then, or buy one if you don't have. The ANC is creating more unrest than before using all forms of political gain, even using the christian faith as a means to get more people to vote for them. That is WRONG. You have obviously lost your vision. Nelson Mandela is the hero here, not JZ. But yet he is denouncing others and overlooking certain violent crimes mentioned in papers, tv, and internet, and covers for those in corrupt circles. The ANC government will completely change the constitution to their own ideals if we the public let them. I used to believe in the ANC standing for democracy and equality, but the things they have done and are doing and a couple of outrageous laws to boot. I mean "HELLO" wake up and smell the coffee u naive brat.

  • matla - 2011-02-16 08:15

    Buthelezi please retire from politics and let the young comrades take the lead of Inkatha Freekin Party

  • jiamalunga - 2011-02-16 08:19

    No Buthelezi, you have it all wrong. They do not want to destroy the IFP! They want to destroy the country!

  • scorpio - 2011-02-16 08:20

    If African Political parties got their act together they could fractionalise the vote substantially. The IFP of old was a force. Cope started out with so much promise. Between the two parties they easily have reduced the ANC vote by 15%. Instead what we have got are the two parties bickering, and at the end neither have any votes to show for it. Typical - they tell their voters they have the answer for the country and they can't even run their own political parties.

  • Brendan - 2011-02-16 08:24

    Why are people so hell bent on staying in power i think 10 years would be enough at the helm, thereafter let fresh blood lead the way.

  • Livhuwani - 2011-02-16 08:25

    ANC have nothing to do with minority/cultural Party so Mr Buthelezi step down if IFP is a democratic Party.in democracy we give others chance we dont acts like Chief that they only step down because they are dead,i saw you on the news yesternight your comments uncalled,you even express that your so old, so why your not stepping down.

      thuthukag - 2011-02-16 11:27

      I mean, what would be happening had he won the '94 elections? Would he still be president like mugabe decades later? The IFP has become redundant, not that they were ever any good to begin with. That's why the break-away party. This guy is like Jomo Sono. Look what happened to Cosmos.

  • Errol - 2011-02-16 08:31

    The main problem is not that the ANC is trying to destroy the IFP, the reality is that the IFP is destroying itself - The Chief should have retired years ago. The same goes for COPE - they could not do a better job of destroying their own party than the ANC could - how sad that most of our opposition parties can't see the big picture - they are all so intent on keeping some semblance of personal power to the deteriment of the good of the country, the need to consolidate under one body - sacrifice your personal power for the whole - when will someone wake up. Join forces with the DA. opposition partiesiol. it is

      changeisGood - 2011-02-16 14:22

      Errol...the DA is a white party...even though they seem to be a more stable oposition, they are too white....

  • Tereblanche - 2011-02-16 09:27

    Buthelezi must never try to burry hsitory of him as a warlord, blood is til visible on his boots. Failure of his leaderhip is now blamed on other parties, if there was criminal activity or money laundering committed, please do us a favor and take it up with law enforces. It doesn't help the cause to keep referring to stick in your brother;s eyes yet you have a stone in yours. People in KZN have now openned their eyes and will choose whichever party that fits with their aspirations. Last kick of adying horse?

  • dannel38 - 2011-02-16 09:38

    We need the opposition to challenge the ANC. Cope although it has its problems can be an alternative. Vote Cope. The DA will never be able to garner support across the spectrum. Lets Cope sort their problems out otherwise the ANC will only grow stronger and our Constitution will be in jeopardy.

      Mnumzane - 2011-02-16 12:25

      Which Cope must we vote for- Lokota or Shilowa? We are confused

      changeisGood - 2011-02-16 14:14

      exactly which COPE? we demand answers, WHICH COPE MUST WE VOTE FOR, Sam Shilowas, or Terror Lekota's? ANSWRS PLEASE dannel38

  • Tereblanche - 2011-02-16 09:44

    Like it or not we live in a Constitutional democracy, President Zuma is a legitimate leader and not chief/ monarch, he was elected through a ballot in the parliament as subscribed by our consitution. So lets not use the law and it's spirit when it suits our appetite please.

      ronbonjon - 2011-02-16 09:55

      and dont forget he showers after sex

  • Corry - 2011-02-16 10:00

    Sorry Gatsha, unfortunately the anc don't need to provide any support. You have single handedly destroyed the ifp with your dictator tendencies. thanks christ you were never president. Your continued reluctance to step down and a blatant refusal in the face of overwhelming evidence that new leadership was required shows you would have been the same if you were president. The coming elections will be the start of the fianl end for the ifp.

  • Zakhele - 2011-02-16 10:19

    @thuthukag- A family would be having supper at 07 o'clock evening. The IFP thugs would rock up with AK47s and the next weekend will a funeral of 4, 5, 6, .. family members buried in the yard. His thugs would be jumping with guns celebrating killing people. He was asked to stop the killing. He denied it. You would be on the train to JHB and IFP soldiers would rock up and empty all AK47s on all of us. I remember going to the university by train. His guys rocked up. Opened fire. People were running for their lives on the coach with the train moving. I remember crippling people making them fall and pile on top of me (as shields) as the guns were just blazing non-stop. Next train stop the survivors get out. Whether you have money for a taxi or it was not important anymore. You would go to a telkom tikibox phone to phone home. Or you would walk all the way back home. Buthelezi would be out there on TV denying the whole thing. On Christmas day: We sitted outside the house in the yard. IFP soldiers start shooting people in the hostels. People run to the township. We get woken up in the middle of the night-the Buthelezi soldiers are searching for the refugees in case we are harbouring them. They ask for an IFP card and if you haven't got you better speak deep hard core isiZulu otherwise you and the whole family you are a piece of dead meat. The only reason I am alive today is because I spoke deep hardcore isiZulu, otherwise I would have been dead by now. That is you Mangosuthu!

      jiamalunga - 2011-02-16 10:34

      I was in the SADF back in a day and had to collect the dead after the IFP and ANC had a fight. Saw some pretty gruesome things....

      Mnumzane - 2011-02-16 12:28

      @jiamalunga, I was hoping you would say you would collect the dead after IFP has used the guns that SADF had provided them with. Truth need to be told now Truth and Reconcialiation Commisssion is no more, so we can talk free.

  • changeisGood - 2011-02-16 13:51

    @zumalema, who ever you are, you are talking nonesense, I was attending a Germiston High school in 1991, where I was forced in the first term to leave as there were train and taxi violence, people were thrown out of moving trains by members of the IFP, they had with them spears, pangas, AK47's and wore IFP colours and IFP bandanna's...you are such a narrow minded idiot to think the IFP was not bought by the Apartheid regime...In the East Rand, Katlehong, Thokoza, Kumalo street to be precise, people were killed and their houses illigally taken over by those "Mdlwembes" IFP supporters from the neighbouring Hostels...I know this cos I had reletives who left their houses and came to stay with us in Tembisa, some of them did not even make it, they were killed by these "Mdlwembes"....so all I have toi say to Gaja Buthelezi is, Baba abantu bakho ba bulala u malume wami, so it's pay back time.

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