Rivals Buthelezi and ‘VZ’ cast votes

2011-05-19 00:00

ARCH rivals Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and National Freedom Party (NFP) presidents Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Zanele Magwaza-Msibi respectively, cast their votes in the Zululand District yesterday.

Buthelezi voted at the Buthelezi Tribal Court in Nkonjeni, while Magwaza-Msibi voted at Thengisangaye Primary School in Thokoza, Ulundi.

Buthelezi has cast doubt on the fairness of South African elections since 1994, although he said he will accept the outcome of this year’s elections — even if his party loses any of the 32 municipalities under its control.

In support of his claim Buthelezi quoted IEC chief electoral officer Advocate Pansy Tlakula, who said human beings are not perfect, hence the elections cannot be perfect.

Buthelezi also alleged that there was an on-going plot to assassinate councillors so that there will be by-elections.

However, he could not verify this claim.

Responding to these allegations from the IFP leader, police commissioner General Bheki Cele said those with such information should contact police so that an investigation could be conducted, “instead of reporting to journalists who will do nothing about the claims’’.

Magwaza-Msibi, who was accompanied by her mother to vote, said she was happy to vote for the party that is passionate about service delivery and accountability.

Voting stations in Zululand were predominantly attended by youth, who were also manning the political parties’ help desks.

In Wembezi, Estcourt, where most councillors have defected from the IFP to the NFP, there were minor verbal confrontations as the opposing parties vied for the attention of voters with the help of loud music and flags belonging to the respective parties.

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