Residents of Thokoza township have been told that the ruling party has nothing ‘good’ to offer South Africans.
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, made this known during an election campaign event on Friday.
Speaking at Dube Street in Thokoza‚ Ekurhuleni‚ Buthelezi, said poverty still lurks around many black South Africans because the ANC gave them false hope.
“People are unemployed because the ruling party has been lying to our people for many years. It will take time for the unemployment rate to pick up because…South Africa’s economy is in a dire state,” he said.
The opposition leader, who was accompanied by IFP leaders said Zuma has been deceiving South Africans with empty promises. He said, the ANC has lost its mandate, confidence and the support it once had.
“In all honesty‚ black people have a high pain of tolerance but they shouldn’t be told lies like how the president has been telling Parliament that government will create 500 000 jobs‚” said Buthelezi.
Recall that in 2009, President Jacob Zuma promised to create 500,000 jobs by the end of the year, and four million by 2014. Zuma noted that the job creation would be fast-tracked since South Africa had a major £60 billion infrastructure investment programme in place.
Zuma related this in his first State of the Nation address. He also promised better health services and education along with measures to combat corruption and crime. The president also urged South Africans not to buy stolen goods.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi Slams ANC
Also, in a press release dated 5th July, the IFP lamented about ANC’s weakened leadership. The party said protests against the ANC’s leadership ignited angry crowds torch buildings, loot shops and shut down businesses.
Meanwhile, the Inkatha Freedom party is hopeful that it’ll regain some of the municipalities it lost in 2011.
In 2011, the party lost a number of municipalities to the coalition between the ANC and National Freedom Party.