The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mr. Mangosuthu Buthelezi has encouraged South Africans to arise and take a firmer stand against certain abnormalities and stop sitting on the fence.
The opposition leader stressed that 2017 is a year to take a stand, rewrite some history, chart a new course in the country’s political history and also put the country back on track.
He added: “This is the time to make a decision. If you are not yet politically active‚ I encourage you to examine the options and take a stand. Because in 2017 there will be no place for side-line critics and spectators. There is too much at stake.”
The IFP leader requested South Africans to collectively demand the fulfillment of the promises of democracy. He asserted that with the state of our nation‚ not a single citizen can step back and claim that there is nothing they can do.
So to him, it is only through a collective effort that we will put South Africa back on track towards fulfilling the promises of democracy.
Buthelezi, therefore, called on all and sundry to set aside their prejudices and preconceived ideas‚ and really examine South Africa’s politics in 2017.
Turning to political parties, he asked: “Are all our political parties what they claim to be? How much is mere talk‚ and how much is true? If we were to empower any one party‚ where would that lead?”
In summary, Mr. Mangosuthu Buthelezi upheld that South Africans cannot afford to be apolitical‚ neither can they afford ignorance.
“We need to educate ourselves on what is happening‚ who is driving it‚ and whether it is good for our country. We need to ask questions‚ and demand answers. We need to get involved,” he said.