Buthelezi not giving up on election bid

2012-02-15 20:47
Johannesburg - IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi says he would not give up trying to postpone the traditional council elections in KwaZulu-Natal even though his court attempt failed on Wednesday.

"While I am disappointed by the verdict that was handed down in the Pietermaritzburg High Court today, this is not the end of the road. I will not give up my fight to see democracy triumph," he said in a statement.

"My legal team will study the verdict once it is available, and we will consider all options that are available to us."

The Inkatha Freedom Party leader said allegations by the Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) that his case was politically motivated was "nothing short of absurd".

"However, this obtuse allegation is not surprising considering that we know that this organisation is part and parcel of the ANC."

High Court Judge Trevor Gorven ruled against the postponement after hearing arguments on Wednesday.

Buthelezi, who is chief of the Buthelezi clan, wanted the elections to be held later this year to allow for proper preparation.

He argued that the provincial traditional affairs department had not followed correct procedures in preparing for the elections.

Arguing before the ruling, Buthelezi's senior counsel V Gajoo told the court the election of traditional councils needed to be put on hold because the registration process was flawed.

"Checks and balances were not adhered to during the registration process," Gajoo told the court.

Addressing reporters after the ruling, Contralesa provincial chairman Phathisizwe Chiliza said he was happy with the decision.

"We are here because his majesty the king [Goodwill Zwelithini] asked all traditional leaders to encourage people to go in their numbers to vote," he said.

The elections are scheduled to take place next Sunday.

- SAPA
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