IFP faces an uphill battle for survival – Buthelezi

2010-07-03 14:01

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) faces an “uphill battle” for

survival after being “devastated” in last year’s general election, party leader

Mangosuthu Buthelezi said today.

Buthelezi, speaking at the IFP’s provincial congress in Umfolozi,

called on his members to choose a path that would cause the party to “survive,

thrive and grow”.

“Are we aware of how we were devastated in the general election of

April 22, 2009?” Buthelezi asked.

“Is it time to conclude that the IFP has outlived its usefulness

and should fold up and all of us close shop? We know what an uphill road we are

travelling,” he said.

“Let us choose the path towards a future in which the IFP survives,

thrives and grows.”

Buthelezi said opponents of the party were employing “dirty tricks

and underhanded tactics” to get what they want.

“We know full well that there are saboteurs in our midst who wish

to weaken the party so that they might snatch away its leadership,” he


“We know that some of the branches of the IFP which have suddenly

been established are bogus, and we know that our opponents are famous for busing

people in to sway the vote.”

Buthelezi said the party leaders were aware of “the many bribes

doing the rounds” and of corrupt tender practices which have “polluted

loyalties” of some members.

“We know about cheque-book politics, intimidation

and threats. The IFP is no stranger to the game.”

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