IFP: 'Malema must apologise'

2009-10-15 00:00

THE IFP wants ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema to apologise for derogatory statements he made about its president, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, and for calling the party a “terrorist organisation”.

Addressing members of the ANC’s student wing, Sasco, at the University of Zululand’s Ongoye campus on Monday, Malema referred to Buthelezi as a “factory fault”, saying the ANCYL is a factory that produced the best leaders such as former president Nelson Mandela.

Malema said that the IFP is a terrorist organisation that had been in cahoots with the apartheid government when it unleashed a reign of terror on black people.

The acting national chairwoman of the IFP Youth Brigade (IFPYB), Pat Lebenya-Ntanzi, called Malema an embarrassment to South Africans and the ANC.

“We wonder how Julius Malema would react if the IFPYB started a verbal barrage on the ANC president? … Prince Buthelezi has always walked the moral high ground while the ANC president and Malema have on many occasions made the news for all the wrong reasons,” she said.

The IFPYB is calling on Malema to withdraw his statements, said Lebenya-Ntazi. “If he does not adhere to our request we will be forced to seek legal advice on this matter.”


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