Buthelezi accuses former IFPYB leader of plotting

2011-12-05 00:00

A FORMER Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade (IFPYB) leader, Khaya Khumalo, has challenged IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi to show proof that Khumalo attended a secret meeting with ANC leaders to plot against the IFP.

Addressing the IFP provincial conference on Saturday, Buthelezi shocked delegates when he accused Khumalo of having been part of a meeting held at the Newcastle casino on July 30. The meeting, Buthelezi said, was between certain IFP leaders and ANC provincial spokesperson Makhosi Khoza and Agriculture MEC Meshack Radebe, both members of the ANC PEC.

Khumalo had just finished a speech in support of a resolution for Buthelezi to continue leading the IFP when Buthelezi called him back to the stage and quizzed him about the meeting.

Buthelezi said other IFP leaders allegedly present were former deputy national spokesperson Thulasizwe Buthelezi and former youth brigade leaders Thabo Xaba and Musa “Sgora” Phakathi. In March during the IFPYB elective conference, Xaba was prevented by the IFP leadership from contesting the national chair of the IFP against Mkhuleko Hlengwa.

The IFP president said he can show a sworn affidavit to prove that these leaders attended the meeting.

“I don’t have a history of publicly lying and saying things without proof,” Buthelezi declared.

However, Radebe denied that such a meeting took place and said the only one of the three IFP members mentioned he knows is Thulasizwe Buthelezi, who was an MPL.

“I respect Prince Buthelezi as a leader … but there is something wrong with him as far as these allegations are concerned. Why would I hold a secret meeting with the people I don’t even know?” Radebe said.

Khumalo said Buthelezi’s informants misled him.

“I was shocked when the prince made the allegations publicly. The casino has surveillance cameras all over, so the prince must provide footage of the day to prove his allegations … anyone can make an affidavit based on lies,” Khumalo said.

Thulasizwe Buthelezi, who was not at the conference, said he was not prepared to respond to the allegations through the media.

At the time of going to print Khoza, Xaba and Phakathi could not be reached for comment.

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