ANCYL calls IFP leader a ‘dictator’

2010-07-21 00:00

THE youth wing of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has described the Inkatha Freedom Party “as a traditional cultural movement led by a dictator” following yet another postponement of the IFP elective conference, which was supposed to take place this weekend.

In a statement yesterday, ANC Youth League secretary in KZN Bheki Mtolo said his organisation is not surprised by the “anti-revolutionary behavior of the IFP national council to postpone its long overdue elective conference”.

“It is because the IFP is not a democratic organisation, but rather it’s a cultural movement led by a dictator, Inkosi Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi.

“This man has deliberately postponed the conference because he is fearing that he might be voted out,” said Mtolo.

“As the ANCYL in KwaZulu-Natal, we are aware of this old man’s dirty tricks of not wanting to step down from his leadership position as the president of the now collapsing IFP, which in our view is just a group of cultural activists.”

Mtolo called on the IFP youth “and everyone who believes in democratic principles to leave the IFP with immediate effect and join the progressive people’s organisation, the ANC, because if they remain in the IFP they will never see democracy …”

IFP Youth Brigade chairperson in KZN Skhumbuzo Khanyeza described the ANCYL statement as “opportunistic and using the IFP’s problems to garner support for their organisation”.

“They … are not members of the IFP. Reasons for the postponement are valid and as IFPYB we accept them … We never interfered when they had similar problems,” Khanyeza added.

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