Zikalala warns opposition

2013-09-23 00:00

OPPOSITION parties’ time was up, especially those born out of apartheid, ANC secretary in KwaZulu-Natal Sihle Zikalala told a rally at Folweni, south of Durban, yesterday.

Taking another swipe at the opposition, he said the ANC had been to Nongoma and Ulundi — traditional strongholds of Inkatha Freedom Party — and people there yearned to be freed from “oppression” they had been subjected to for many years.

He called for unity in the ANC-led tripartite alliance and supporting organisations to ensure a win in the general elections next year.

“We need a united ANC, a united Cosatu, a united Sanco and united SACP to win 2014 general elections.”

Zikalala said a vote for the ANC would ensure that smaller parties withered.

In an apparent reference to IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, he said: “There are old men who turned more than 85 and they don’t want to retire”.

He also said although the country became democratic after 1994, there were parties that have had one president since they were formed.

Buthelezi turned 85 last month and has led the IFP since its formation in the 1970s. He has yet to retire from active politics.

“When we speak about democracy and there are people who don’t want to retire, let’s do them a favour and collapse their organisations in the elections,” Zikalala implored.

The IFP hit back at Zikalala’s statement, with IFP deputy chairperson Albert Mncwango saying his comments were unfortunate, but not surprising.

Mncwango said it had been a wish of the ANC to destroy the IFP and Buthelezi since the ANC was still in exile, through propaganda and violent means.

He said Zikalala just confirmed what former president Nelson Mandela had allegedly stated — that Buthelezi was a “formidable survivor” whom they could not destroy.

“There is no political party that can wish the IFP to wither away and wipe it off the political radar completely.”

He said their election machinery was on course and their winning by-elections since 2011, including one belonging to the ANC in Mpumalanga, was proof the party was alive and kicking.

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