MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP Urges South Africa to Honour January 22

22 January 2013      

 

The NEC of Inkatha Freedom Party resolved upon urging all South Africans, as they go about with their daily activities, to honour this day, 22 January, as one of the significant days in the calendar of the liberation struggle in South Africa. For, it was on this day 124 years ago when the armies of liberation under the command of King Cetshwayo kaMpande confronted and defeated the forces of the then mighty British Empire at the Battle of Isandlwana.

 

January 22 serves to remind all of us that the struggle for liberation began not in 1912 with the formation of the oldest liberation movement in Africa, the African National Congress. 1912 was but a continuation of the long struggle against colonialism, dispossession and foreign domination, and, for the restoration of the African dignity and ways of life, which had been begun by the Kings and Amakhosi of Africa as well as their warriors and subjects. Further it reminds us of the innumerable men and women from all walks of life and political persuasions who made immense sacrifices towards the dawn of April 27 1994.

 

The IFP therefore salutes the reigning Monarch of the Zulu Nation - as the descendant of King Cetshwayo and other illustrious Kings who founded and shaped this nation; his traditional Prime Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi - who is also the descendent of those Kings and warriors; Amakhosi and leaders of this Kingdom, as well as all the descendants of the heroes of that titanic battle of 1879. We also salute all Kings and Amakhosi of South Africa and their subjects whose forebears stand as illustrious heroes and heroines of the colossal struggle for African self-fulfilment.

 

Unfortunately, January 22 also tells us that - as long as issues concerning the indigenous, African forms of governance and leadership, as well as patterns of thought and behaviour have not been dealt with justly and resolved - the struggle is not over. It tells us that western democracy while it may be one of the best forms of governance - cannot be viewed as sacred such that it can supplant all things African and indigenous.

 

Lastly, days such as this one leave all South Africans with a message that the struggle still continues against all vices that threaten the legacy of our forebears who sacrificed so much for the attainment of a free and just society.

 

 

Issued by IFP NEC

 

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