IFP not a party for thieves, Buthelezi tells sister

2016-06-10 17:05
IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi with his sister, 77-year-old Elphina Ncwane, in her home in Umlazi. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi with his sister, 77-year-old Elphina Ncwane, in her home in Umlazi. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – Gogo Elphina Ncwane, 77, could not hold back her tears when she saw her brother, IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who surprised her at her modest Umlazi home on Friday.

Buthelezi visited her while campaigning in Umlazi’s V section.

When Ncwane saw Buthelezi outside her home, she approached him and the two embraced. The elderly woman wept so much she struggled to breathe.

“Shenge,” she said, using the Inkatha Freedom Party leader’s clan name.

When the pair got into the house, they sat close to one another. Buthelezi told her to remember to vote for his party.

“I am here to remind you that we have an election manifesto on Sunday. In Umlazi people don’t need to be persuaded to vote because many of the houses built here, were built by me and they are still standing. Even the schools were built by me. You are my witness.”

Holding hands, the pair at times spoke softly to one another.

Buthelezi told her there was too much corruption. “We are not thieves. The IFP is not a party for thieves, we don’t steal the taxpayers’ money,” he said.  

Ncwane said she had been a loyal IFP member since the late 1970’s.

“Buthelezi is my brother. I was so happy to see him. We have not seen each other in a long time and I was sick and could not walk.”

She said she and Buthelezi grew up together. “We stayed together when I was at eNkonjeni studying to become a nurse. There is nothing that he does not do for me.”

Ncwane said she was afraid to answer more questions because she did not want a backlash from the community.

“I don’t want them to burn my house. They do that these days,” she said.

Buthelezi visited other areas Inanda and KwaMashu.

The IFP would announce its election manifesto at Umlazi's King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday. 

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