Buthelezi rejects ‘misuse of police’

2011-01-10 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party (IFP) president Mangosuthu Buthelezi has rejected “the abuse of the resources of the state to create a general disdain for the law”, following the arrest of his daughter Phumzile Buthelezi and two IFP supporters for intimidating an ANC councillor in Ma­hlabathini last week.

In a statement issued yesterday, Buthelezi said he deplored the misuse of police for political purposes, especially during the election period.

Phumzile and two IFP councillors, Sipho Madlopha and Khanyisani Ngema, were arrested last Thursday and granted R300 bail by an Ulundi magistrate on Friday after spending a night in police holding cells.

“There is a trend that, whenever there is an election, the police are used to intimidate the rest of us with what is no less than unlawful arrests,” Buthelezi said.

He complained about the treatment meted out to former KwaZulu Police, who were integrated into the SA Police Force after the democratic government was established.

“They are suspected of being biased. I do not know which one of them is a card-carrying member of the IFP. Nor does it bother me. It seems to me that they have to act in the manner that they have done because of this prejudice against some of them.

“In the past, before every election, some of the police are moved out of this district of Zululand. They are replaced by policemen who in most cases are not even Zulu speaking,” Buthelezi said.

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