ANC followers are not being heard, says Buthelezi

2011-08-10 00:00

INFIGHTING within the ANC that led to the burning its offices in Pietermaritzburg demonstrate that members of the ruling party are tired of leaders who do not listen to their followers.

So said Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi during his address at an IFP rally in Lindelani in KwaDukuza (Stanger) yesterday.

He warned that social protests for service delivery are likely to become increasingly violent.

“I have warned our government that the climate for social uprising is being created through every broken promise and every failure in service delivery.

“We have seen social protest in many places across South Africa, and the threat exists that it will become increasingly violent.

“We must prevent that from happening.

“The ructions we have seen in Pietermaritzburg at the ANC’s Moses Mabhida region have demonstrated for all to see how members of the ANC have at last shown how tired they are of a leadership that won’t listen to their followers.

“If they can’t listen to their own members to the extent that offices of the ANC are burned down, how can we expect them to listen to opposition parties such as the IFP?”

Buthelezi called on women within the IFP to engage in a new course of protecting democracy and “mobilising South Africa’s women around the vision of the IFP of a true democracy”.

On local government elections that saw the IFP losing control of more than 30 municipalities, Buthelezi said the party is gearing up for its role as opposition.

“The IFP is well-equipped to take up the role of strong opposition.

“We have been defending opposition politics and promoting multi-party democracy since before liberation.”

• The Abahlali Basemijondolo Women’s League held its Women’s Day rally at Emmaus Community Hall in Pinetown.

The KZN chairperson of the league, Zandile Nsibande, said the message they are delivering to women is that they must learn to be self-reliant and that young women should abstain from sex in the face of the growing problem of teenage pregnancies.

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