During an Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) rally, IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi decried the high level of corruption in the country describing it as beyond ‘Satan’s imagination’.
IFP’s 87-year-old leader made these remarks on Friday during a visit to Thokoza‚ Ekurhuleni.
His visit was aimed at encouraging residents to vote for a “leadership of integrity” at the local government elections on August 3.
“The corruption in our country has reached its peak. The manner in which the ANC-led government is corrupt is beyond Satan’s imagination‚” said Buthelezi.
Buthelezi also told the people that the ANC is to blame for the high rate of crime in the area. This did not come as a surprise to him as he said:
“This ANC-led government gives untrained cadres high positions in the policing unit‚ which they are not qualified for.”
“The power to change to your preferred party to lead the country is in your hands. Come 3 August‚ vote for the IFP.”
He blatantly accused President Jacob Zuma of always picking the wrong candidate for the post of national police commissioner.
“First it was Jackie Selebi‚ who drowned in corruption charges‚ and soon after that‚ he got Bheki Cele. I then told Mr Zuma in parliament … to stop hiring unqualified comrades into positions‚” said Buthelezi.
Bheki Cele was fired by President Zuma for his role in awarding of a R1.7-billion contract for police accommodation in 2012.
“He then went on to deploy Riah Phiyega‚ who is also facing multiple charges.”
Riah Phiyega is on suspension following the Claassen Board of Inquiry into her fitness to execute her duties.
Buthelezi added: “How do you then expect the crime rate to decrease when top management themselves are not thoroughly trained to serve in their positions?”
The veteran IFP leader offered the citizens a way out of the mess in the country, which is to vote for the IFP.