Buthelezi’s daughter arrested

2011-01-08 00:00

PHUMZILE Buthelezi, who is one of Inkatha president Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s daughters, was arrested on Thursday afternoon together with two other IFP supporters for intimidating Mhlabathini ANC leader, Skhumbuzo Mabaso at a community meeting in Mhlabathini, which is Buthelezi’s hometown.

Mabaso is an ANC nominee for the upcoming local government election.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said Phumzile (55) together with two IFP councillors, Sipho Madlopha (52) and Khanyisani Ngema (40), were arrested on Thursday and granted bail by the Ulundi magistrate yesterday.

“Police went to the meeting and arrested them after a case of intimidation had been laid against them,” said Naicker.

Another ANC local government elections candidate, who cannot be named for fear of intimidation, said, “senior IFP members, who were from outside the area, came in and hijacked the meeting to discuss IFP issues. When Mabaso tried to control the meeting Phumzile started making serious allegations against him.

“She accused Mabaso of having killed one of her relatives a long time ago. They then ordered Mabaso to leave the meeting. When Mabaso refused they challenged him to a fight, which is where he went to report the matter to the police,” said the source.

IFP deputy national spokesperson Thulasizwe Buthelezi said Phumzile’s arrest was “clearly an abuse of power by the ANC and police” and part of a smear campaign by the ANC.

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