IFP takes a swipe at Malema

2010-02-12 15:37

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) today lambasted ANC Youth League

leader Julius Malema for his remarks about the IFP and former president FW de

Klerk, and raised the possibility of legal action.

“The IFP would like to place on record its disgust with the public

attack launched by... Malema against... De Klerk and the IFP yesterday

[Thursday],” IFP deputy national chairman Velaphi Ndlovu said.

Malema reportedly said De Klerk “sponsored the IFP to kill... we

must never compare him to Nelson Mandela. De Klerk will remain an apartheid


Ndlovu said that on a day celebrating the historic release of

Mandela and reconfirming the commitment to nation-building, Malema again “ruined

all our reconciliation efforts by launching this brazen, unfounded and racist

attack against Mr de Klerk and the IFP.”

“His comments, 20 years after the release of Madiba, were grossly

out of line with Mandela’s vision of a united, reconciled South Africa and a

clear indication that the ANC is no longer guided by Madiba’s visions and


“Malema is fuelling discontent among South Africans; he is a threat

to our young democracy and an embarrassment to our country,” Ndlovu said.

The IFP would no longer sit back and allow Malema and his youth

league cronies to launch attacks on the IFP.

“The ANC’s silence on this matter speaks volumes; but we will no

longer tolerate Malema’s unruly behaviour.

“We have said time and time again that he must be disciplined. We

are calling on the ANC to rein him in, or we will encourage the FW de Klerk

Foundation to join us in seeking legal advice on this matter,” Ndlovu said.

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