Buthelezi warns ANC

2014-03-03 00:00

A PROFESSIONAL public service free of corrupt civil servants will be the cornerstone of the Inkatha Freedom Party’s government if the party is elected to power.

The IFP government would not only dismiss law enforcement officers and public servants found guilty of corruption and who abused their power, but would set up specially dedicated corruption courts, according to the manifesto launched in Durban yesterday.

The election manifesto was unveiled with a show of strength as thousands of IFP supporters packed the Goodwill Zwelithini stadium in Umlazi, south of Durban.

In his address, IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi lashed out at the government, saying it was a far cry from the liberation movement of the past. “Through its own failings, it has lost moral authority, integrity and the right to lead us forward,” Buthelezi said.

While Buthelezi said the ANC-led government needed to be booted out of office, he acknowledged that was unlikely to happen, but that its level of support would drop.

“I sound this warning because there are many parties clamouring for your vote, promising to deliver the sun, moon and stars if you make them the government in 2014, they can afford to make these promises because they won’t be called upon to fulfil them.”

In an apparent attack on the NFP and EFF, Buthelezi took a swipe at parties that promised to increase — and even double — social grants but did not say where the money would come from.

“They offer no plan to grow the economy or to shrink the budget deficit. But they want you to believe that extra money will magically materialise if they assume the reins. Conveniently, they won’t have to prove their promises,” he said.

He said the parties contesting the elections wanted to take power from corrupt politicians and weak leaders.

“That is not the IFP position. The IFP is working to take power out of the hands of a weak government and put it where it belongs: in your hands. We want to give you the power to change South Africa. We want to empower your voice.”

Buthelezi said the IFP-led government would ensure service delivery worked from municipal level and up.

“We plan to professionalise how municipalities are managed and create accountability, not just to the auditor-general, but to the communities our municipalities serve.”

He said the IFP planned hiring qualified personnel regardless of their party affiliation. “We plan to take politics out of service delivery. Take action against those who do not deliver, Prosecute those accused of corruption and make sure the guilty serve their full sentences.”

Buthelezi also said the IFP would ensure that institutions that investigate corruption were provided with resources.

The party’s manifesto also said the IFP wanted to overhaul and depoliticise the parole system so that hardcore criminals and those politically connected served their full sentences.

Buthelezi said a vote for the IFP would be a vote for change. “We have been catalysts of change — we have been very effective warriors of democracy,” he said, referring to when the IFP was in power in KwaZulu-Natal and also served as the official opposition.

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