IFP blames ANC for Sharpeville protests

2012-03-22 20:08

Johannesburg - The ANC is to blame for the protests in Sharpeville, southern Gauteng, because the main Human Rights Day celebration was held in Soweto, the IFP said on Thursday.

"We fully understand the frustrations of the Sharpeville residents with regard to government's decision to change the venue for the 2012 Human Rights Day celebrations," Inkatha Freedom Party MPL Joshua Mazibuko said in a statement.

"They are trying to brush out everyone who was not part of the [African National Congress, SA Communist Party, United Democratic Front, Congress of SA Trade Unions] alliance and project themselves as the sole liberators of this country."

Mazibuko said the changing of the venue was a deliberate move by the ANC as it was trying to rewrite history.

"Unless the ANC stops this malicious programme, we will see a lot more such incidents where people protest against the trivialisation of their contributions to the demise of apartheid," he said.

Sharpeville residents burned tyres and marched on Tuesday because the celebrations were being held in Kliptown, Soweto.

Human Rights Day was previously known as Sharpeville Day to commemorate the shooting of 69 black protesters by the police in 1960.

  • Ben - 2012-03-22 20:21

    The I.F.P. got that right.

      Alex - 2012-03-22 20:59

      Good point Ben.

      nhamo.dzenyika - 2012-03-22 21:09

      sell out as they are

  • Simnikiwe - 2012-03-22 20:26

    So being an opposition party means that you have to disagree with everything the ruling party does, even if its right sometimes, Just askin

      Ben - 2012-03-22 20:37

      They might have used a roundabout way to say it but the part about the 'sole liberators' had to be said.

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-22 20:43

      I agree, but IFP is almost non existent nowadays, I think they are just trying to get publicity

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-03-22 20:34

    You are right Mazibuko and IFP. Rewright the history: ANC do it time and again. Hate speech. Like this in January, by the ANC leader itself.

      Alex - 2012-03-22 21:06

      Good point Tawwa. One would have thought that the ANC would negotiated with harpeville residents to have the celebrations else where for a change for whatever reasons. Communications seem to be broken here. Culturally, something is amiss. Ones a man, twice a child (Bob Marley)-100 yrs are starting to show.

  • ISO - 2012-03-22 20:49

    Zulu vs Xhosa

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-22 20:54

      1 point for Xhosa, 0 for Zulu

      Ben - 2012-03-22 21:10

      ISO something I keep thinking but did not want to comment about as I do not have enough background. I am sure someone would tell us if that is now something of the past.

      Agedah Alex - 2012-03-22 21:33

      SA would jus degrade to another backward tribalised nation,thanx to ur tribal views

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-22 21:29

    If pls

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-22 21:29

    Ifp plssss

  • Henry - 2012-03-22 21:51

    Here we go again...He said, She said...kindergarten politics, as usual.

  • Carlton - 2012-03-22 22:38

    Does anyone know what Inkata means? Please I want to know.

  • Morama - 2012-03-23 11:17

    IFP,AWB and julias Malema must unite to for IP(Idiot's Party). IFP here just want to score political points....isn't this the same party that has history of killing innocent people in the Hostels?

      William - 2012-03-23 13:03

      Let's not question the motives. Let's question the validity of the statement. Is what they are saying correct? I believe so. Thus, the motives don't matter when the truth is revealed.

  • Serame - 2012-03-24 22:28

    Spot On Mr Mazibuko..Im not an IFP fan..but i can identify with your statement in this regard..

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