Buthelezi worried over corruption

2011-12-18 22:30

Johannesburg - IFP President Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Sunday said he was worried about the amount of corruption and self-serving ambition that had flooded into politics.

"You must vigilantly watch out for corrupt councillors and hold them accountable for their practices," he said at Mpofana near Pietermaritzburg.

There were people in high positions everywhere who were abusing the powers that had been entrusted to them.

He said the local government elections had changed the mandate, which the electorate gave to the IFP in KwaZulu-Natal adding that the voters had asked the IFP to take up the place of opposition politics, instead of running municipalities in that province.

"The IFP has shed most of the responsibilities of governance. This has enabled us to take a strong opposition role."

Buthelezi said the IFP's political opponents and media pundits had concluded his party was finished before the elections. They then realised that the soul of the IFP was in the service of the nation, he said.

"There is no reason why we should be discouraged by the strength of our opposition," Buthelezi said.

  • Michael - 2011-12-18 23:31

    It's seems to be fashion now to state the obvious. When will all the rhetoric turn to action?

      Squeegee - 2011-12-19 08:11

      All just spin. Actually Mr Buthelezi the voters did not appoint you the opposision - you just lost the election.

      Sagin - 2012-06-16 18:38

      At least it is black people who are now saying it. When a white person says anything we are shot down as racist. Its obvious to most rational south africans, but not all south africans are rational

  • Ben - 2011-12-19 03:55

    The voice of reason. A voice in the wilderness. Unfortunately only people who are innocent will listen. In Africa an honest hard-working man is not acceptable. Mugabe has proven this. Make empty promises and blame everything that goes wrong on the imperialists and you get the opportunity to steal yourself rich through corruption. However, you should not neglect to take power away from the judiciary to prevent being brought to task. That of course will not succeed in S.A. because our constitution is the biggest enemy of the A.N.C. government and will not be changed.

  • Max - 2011-12-19 05:54

    ....Says the one that couldn't get his fingers in the cookie jar....

  • Bob - 2011-12-19 11:41

    President Mangosuthu Buthelezi, have you only noticed it now!!!!!! Boy are you slow on the uptake!

  • Eduard - 2012-01-09 02:48

    Welcome to the party.....

      Eduard - 2012-01-09 03:33

      i guess it must be election time and that is why the politicians start with concerns, but once elected, they get all very quite. That is why Patricia de Lille has so much respect from voters....she keeps fighting, just a pity other don't join her

  • WG - 2012-06-16 18:19

    It is extremely easy for honest and competent persons to control tax monies. Because all they need to do is paying the monthly expenses within the legally approved budgets. The highest political powers have absolute control to collect and spend tax moneys; and the legal duties to prevent corruption, recover any and still tax this illegal income, and dismiss corrupters. Thus it is impossible for any tax fraud to start anywhere else than right here where absolute power corrupts absolutely. Cry beloved people and vote them out!

      Sagin - 2012-06-16 18:42

      If only the controlled masses could hear You. Those few who have access here choose to not hear or see. WG,somedays I feel very sad for our country and ALL its people, the future seems so bleak

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