ANC should deal with Malema’s insults to me, says Buthelezi

2011-08-22 00:00

THE president of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Mangosuthu Buthelezi, has called on the disciplinary committee of the ANC to consider charging ANC Youth League president Julius Malema for allegedly uttering insulting words towards the IFP leader.

Malema and ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu will be hauled before the ANC’s national disciplinary committee on August 30 and 31 for allegedly bringing the ANC into disrepute following their utterances that the youth league will send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change in that country.

Addressing IFP supporters at Unit 17 Hostel in uMlazi yesterday, Buthelezi asked which other utterences from Malema will be dealt with during his disciplinary hearing.

The IFP leader recalled that Malema called him an “ANC factory fault” and threatened to go to KwaPhindengene (Buthelezi’s homestead) to “recruit my wife and children to join the ANC”.

Buthelezi said that although Malema apologised for his utterances against ANC president Jacob Zuma as well as against former Education Minister Naledi Pandor, there were no apologies for his utterances against him.

“One only hope that all his misdemeanors will come under scrutiny when the ANC disciplinary committee deals with his cases,” Buthelezi said.

In his address, the IFP leader reiterated his call for a meeting between the NFP and the IFP, adding that both parties agreed to meet and were now considering the venue to hold the meeting.

He dismissed accusations from the NFP that his recent speeches that the NFP was the creation of the ANC led to the the NFP-IFP political killings.

“I am deeply concerned by the bloodshed that continues in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Lives are still being lost to violence and tensions must be addressed.

“I have called for a meeting between the leadership of the IFP and the NFP to talk seriously about this issue and ensure that it is resolved … It is wrong of the NFP to keep dragging my name into the violence. They know me. They know I am not involved. I uphold the ideals of non-violence and negotiations …”

Talking about the upcoming IFP national elective conference scheduled for October this year, Buthelezi said there were “clandestine meetings and subterfuge” aimed at dividing the IFP.

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