NFP an ANC clone - IFP youth

2011-05-31 19:00

Durban - The NFP was an ANC clone used by the ruling party to wrest away IFP-led municipalities, the Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade (IFPYB) said on Tuesday.

"Unable to wrestle control from the IFP democratically, they have now succeeded in doing so through its clone, the NFP," said IFPYB chairperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa.

He was addressing the media on the coalition pact announced on Monday by the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom Party breakaway party, the National Freedom Party (NFP).

Hlengwa reiterated the accusation made by the IFP before the May 18 elections that the NFP was an ANC-funded project aimed at destabilising the IFP. It was the same accusation that became a stumbling block for the start of coalition talks between the NFP and IFP last week.

When the IFP approached the NFP for coalition talks, the latter demanded an apology for the accusation.

Hlengwa said his party was not prepared to apologise, saying that the NFP had also said bad things about the IFP which it felt had similar weight to what the NFP said.

"The NFP just created a stumbling block because it did not want to form a coalition with us. They knew we were not going to apologise," he said.

Stronger showing

The May 18 elections resulted in 19 hung municipalities and the NFP was a kingmaker. The NFP and ANC pact has left the IFP with only two municipalities in South Africa. It had 32 municipalities during the 2006 local government elections.

Hlengwa said the NFP and ANC had not negotiated in good faith. The IFP had also approached the ANC to form coalitions, but they were turned down by the ruling party.

The pact between the NFP and the ANC proved that the NFP was an ANC project, Hlengwa said.

"We repeatedly warned that a vote for the NFP is a vote for the ANC. Yesterday our concerns were confirmed," he said.

He described the ANC as an undemocratic organisation which did not tolerate opposition.

"It will stop at nothing to get rid of those that stand in their way," he said.

Hlengwa said the ANC and NFP coalition would inspire his organisation to work hard to garner votes before the 2014 general elections.

"It will inspire the youth to work harder. Come 2014, in the interest of democracy, in the interest of our people the IFP will be back with a stronger showing and we will dislodge this coalition forever."

  • Deset Rat - 2011-05-31 20:20

    The ANC is on the wain for all to see, funny that the NFP has chosen to form a pact with them. If they had a pack with the DA they would have more long term "jobs" in the National Elections. Come 2014 the ANC will be blown away in a tsunami, BUT maybe the "INFO Bill" will keep them in power for a few months before the fires engaulf them

  • phetshula - 2011-05-31 20:24

    farewell ifp, the last kicks of a dying horse,excuses,excuses and more excuses,he is exactly like his life president who instead of fixing HIS party problems keeps on blaming other people or parties,fix your problems and more problems ,start focusing on party issues......have you also been hired appointed to make excuses,time for change.2014 is coming

      jurie blanche - 2011-06-01 02:08

      wishfull thinking ifp will never dissapear before 94 election keep DR Buthelezi out of neg, telling rumours that old kwa zulu will lost their pensions, 485 ifp leaders killed, buying traditional leaders, buying taxi operators and owners that supported the ifp, financing break away parties court battles, now financing nfp. Yes the time has come for DR Buthelezi to retire their is to many lazy politicians and pension seekers around him that also needs to retire, but it will happen so your wish will fall apart and nfp doomed to be the duying horse in the anc stable

  • Snymenski - 2011-06-01 05:16

    Dream On Dream on IFP.

  • thabo9 - 2011-06-01 06:40

    The IFP does not need to be destabilised from the outside - it is already quite adept at doing that on its own. Instead of perpetually pointing fingers, the party needs to learn introspection (or is that expecting too much?) Under their geriatric leadership and outmoded internal structures and policies, the IFP has no place in the modern tough political landscape. Bow out gracefully IFP. Your time is long past.

  • Sthe - 2011-06-01 07:45

    too little too late! if they allowed the intelligent Mrs Z KA-Magwaza to rule the IFP, then IFP would have done better in KZN and nationally.I am an ANC member but da truth is NFP Leader is currently the best female leader in the country.

  • mshazi - 2011-06-01 15:38

    Well done to the leadership of the NFP and the ANC for the coalition, it is about time the IFP is taught a lesson. The IFP is reaping the fruits of its own dictatorship. If leaders think they will be in power forever, then they miss the point. Well done KaMagwaza Msibi, there are few brave leaaders who can take the position that you took, it's long overdue. The IFP must form a coalition with the DA, they both deserve a marriage of convenience that has a serious potential of taking South Africa back to apartheid. Well done ANC and NFP, Aluta Continua...

  • linda.mndaba - 2011-06-02 10:59

    The NFP is now on a Ship in motion which is the great ANC, ifp should members should start looking for another parties to join like many of cope members did

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