Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi has reminded the good people of South Africa that the ANC and DA are not the only parties ‘fit’ to wrestle for power in the forthcoming elections.
Speaking at Community House in Salt River, Cape Town, for the party’s Western Cape manifesto launch on Friday, Buthelezi said “many people feel trapped between a rock and a hard place, as though there is no alternative to voting for one or the other of the major players.”
Buthelezi arrived the launching center with party’s national treasurer MPs Narend Singh, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, who also leads the youth brigade, and Liezl van der Merw amid cheers and loud ovations.
The event garnered about 300 people, all donning T-shirts brandishing Inkatha Freedom Party president Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s image and the words “Sethembe” and “Trust Us”.
The party also pledged to our dear country to stay far way from violence, corruption and unalloyed loyalty and service to the people.
Councillor candidates who also graced the event include: candidates from Manenberg, Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Langa, Nyanga and Strand.
IFP president expressed happiness with the spirit of goodwill and resilience of the people of the Western Cape.
“Our people have endured so much and we thought that in 1994 that was the end of our tribulations. And I must remind myself that we have already overcome a giant, apartheid. That makes us giant slayers. And if we can do that, surely we can slay the giants of unemployment, poverty,” he said.
Buthelezi also used the medium to trace his political background. According to the opposition party president, he was a former ANC Youth League member who was expelled while at the University of Fort Hare.
He also recounted the goods days he had with former ANC president Oliver Tambo, stating that while he was seeking financial support to establish the IFP, Tambo was helpful to him.
He asserted that for South Africa to see change, it can’t keep doing the same thing over and over. “If you want a different kind of leadership in your community, you need to break out of the old mould and create new patterns of voting.”
Mangosuthu Buthelezi Slams ANC
Speaking further during the event, he slammed the ANC for recent protests in the country, such as the prolonged protests in Tshwane.
“All the fires that are burning are caused by members of the ANC who are dissatisfied with the ANC. We are in a serious crisis.”
In addition, the party’s treasurer general, Singh said: “Give the IFP a chance in the Western Cape. We are not saying we are going to run the city, we want a foot in the door. We want a fresh breeze in the city.”
Singh also remarked that the IFP is not the “black Zulu party from KwaZulu-Natal” as branded sometimes, but a party that that embodies all people.
Since the founding of the IFP, it has been led by Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Also, the party is currently the fourth largest party in the National Assembly of South Africa.