Give us another opportunity - IFP president

2016-06-10 18:53
IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi hands out pamphlets in Umlazi. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi hands out pamphlets in Umlazi. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – Umlazi residents should give the IFP another opportunity to serve them, party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi pleaded on Friday.

A few party members welcomed the frail, 87-year-old leader at Umlazi Plaza before he started a walkabout in the township.

He visited his sister, gogo Alphina Ncwane, at her home in V section.

Buthelezi greeted and shook the hands of locals, some of whom seemed surprised to see him. He handed out IFP pamphlets and T-shirts, took pictures, and answered residents' questions.

The party’s national election manifesto announcement would take place at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi on Sunday. He said the reason it was late was because the party had struggled to secure a venue.

He said he did not need an introduction to the people of Umlazi because it was through his interventions that a kwaCele chief made land available for the Zulu government to build houses for blacks in Umlazi.

“The houses in Umlazi speak for themselves, so I don’t need to make promises and say a better life for all. I am merely saying the people of Umlazi should give us another opportunity to serve them if what we did in the past is what they want.”

Buthelezi said Umlazi residents had received him warmly.

When a young man asked him how he would address youth unemployment, he said he built the Mangosuthu University of Technology because he saw that black people needed skills. 

“When I cap and congratulate the graduates, they tell me, 'what does it help, because there are no jobs'.”

He said businessman Harry Oppenheimer used to invite him and his wife for dinner and they would discuss politics.

“The women would sit there and we would sit separately talking about the country. He asked me what he could do to help as a businessman, and I said I wanted a technikon because my people don’t have skills.

“And that is how I built the university. My interest in the youth is not something that I am just talking about, and it is not new to me. The older generation know that we delivered. The houses are there, the stadium and the university is there.

“All I am asking is, do people want to go back to that, because those in power have taken all the money for themselves?”

Buthelezi condemned the recent killings of councillors and members of political parties in the province. He was saddened to see people jostling for positions for the local government elections to the extent of killing one another.

About 10 people have been killed in the province. The murders were believed to have been politically motivated. 

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