Election: ‘IFP still credible’

2010-02-15 00:00

DESPITE having lost support in last year’s elections, the Inkatha Freedom Party is still a force to be reckoned with.

This view was put by IFP president Mango­­suthu Buthelezi on Saturday during an IFP rally held in Qhudeni, which falls under the Nkandla Municipal District.

“...we still pose a credible challenge to those who are failing our people [and] we still have hundreds of thousands of South Africans backing us and calling on us to make a change,” Buthelezi said.

The ANC came in for a roasting during the address, with Buthelezi severely criticising the party for failing to live up to its promises.

“The ANC had no experience in governance when it came into power. But it does not take great experience to know that it is impossible to provide millions of people with housing, electricity, sanitation, jobs and healthcare simply overnight. They knew they were making promises they could not keep, and insulted the intelligence of South Africans by making such promises,” he said.

Buthelezi said his party is mobilising party structures in preparation for next year’s local government elections.

They have already inaugurated 700 branches and are going to inaugurate an additional 300 before the IFP conference in May.

He urged the new branches to acquaint themselves with the party’s constitution.

“I relate this because recently there have been members of our party who have created a public spectacle, acting in contravention of our constitution ... if a party member contravenes the constitution, our national council has a responsibility to act to rectify the problem ...

“Those renegades who are pursuing a rift in the IFP are hurting our party and hurting the people who voted for us,” he said.

Buthelezi also spoke about widespread government corruption, saying: “I believe officials take their cue from their leader. If an administration is corrupt, the onus falls on the head to root out the problem. Moreover, a leader must set the finest example of honesty in all his dealings,” he said.

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