IFP members come out to protect Buthelezi’s home

2011-04-30 12:24

Several hundred IFP members have gathered outside the gates of IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s home at KwaPhindangene at Mahlabathini near Ulundi to “defend’’ it from an ANC motorcade that is preparing to campaign in the area later today.

The group, led by IFP Youth Brigade’s Mkhuleko Hlengwa, say they have gathered because of a threat by the ANCYL leadership to campaign in Buthelezi’s home after being stopped from doing so by the IFP two weeks ago.

Hlengwa said the IFP would not obstruct the ANC convoy from campaigning in the area, but would “stand shoulder to shoulder’’ to prevent them from entering Buthelezi’s private home.

Buthelezi is not at KwaPhindangene today as he is busy with IFP election campaign work at Bergville in the Okahlamba District Municipality.

“We are not here to obstruct anyone’s campaign. We are here to ensure that our leader’s private home is protected. They are welcome to campaign throughout Zululand and anywhere else. We will not allow them to enter our president’s private home. When we campaign in Nkandla, where President Jacob Zuma lives in an IFP ward and under an IFP mayor, we do not harass him or his family. We expect our president to be shown the same respect,” Hlengwa said.

There is a massive police presence on the road leading past Buthelezi’s home, including armoured vehicles and water cannon, while a police helicopter is hovering overhead.

Buthelezi’s supporters, some of whom are carrying shields and sticks, are toyi-toying in the road, but the leaders are ensuring that they are not disrupting traffic.

The ANC convoy, which consists of over 100 vehicles, is accompanied by a massive police cavalcade.

Unlike the previous expedition, which was purely an ANCYL operation, this convoy is being led by the ANC’s provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala and other provincial leaders, rather than by the ANCYL alone.

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