THERE IS ALWAYS A PLACE FOR YOU IN THE IFP – BUTHELEZI
Written by: Menelisi Ndwandwe
“Our track record when we governed KwaZulu and governed the Province of KwaZulu Natal during the first ten years of our freedom, speaks for itself”.
These were words by President of Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi during the party’s manifesto launch at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday.
Thousands of IFP supporters braved the cold front to hear what they can expect if their party wins the local government elections.
Buthelezi, humbly welcomed those members that left the party during the political turmoil in 2011.
“Thank you for coming back to the IFP. There is always a place for you in the IFP family. We value your presence,” said Buthelezi.
Leader of IFP Youth Brigade, Mkhuleko Hlengwa lashed out at those that are speaking about the death of the 41-year-old party.
“The voters have returned five municipalities to the IFP through by-elections. Someone’s gain is somebody’s loss. It’s very unfortunate to hear that there are ignorant people who can’t see that the IFP is stronger than it was five years ago,” concerned Hlengwa.
The IFP’s affiliation, South African Democratic Students Movement (SADESMO) representative, Dalinhlanhla Buthelezi said this upcoming election is very important for many citizens.
“The focus should be on youth empowerment through creation of jobs and opportunities,” said Dalinhlanhla.
He added that there must be a conducive environment for all that wants to starts their own businesses and not rely on government.
Dalinhlanhla said that the youth must be heard all the time and must be given opportunities.
Shenge conceded that the political landscape has changed and more change is certain.
“The poison has seeped down into all levels, opening a door to corrupt; self-serving and greedy officials,” said Buthelezi.
“Cronyism, nepotism, cadre deployment, tenderprenuers are the words that should never entered our daily vocabulary,” he added.
Humorously, the group from the much talked about KwaMashu hostel, entered the stadium with a song “Sekwanele”, loosely translated to enough is enough.
AIFP candidates signed the pledge of good governance in front of the crowd.
*Picture: A jubilant IFP supporter at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium