26 March 2013
The Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu Natal is
ridiculed by ANC’s continuous attempt to rewrite the history of the
province by deliberately attempting to wipe out IFP’s role in
the liberation of the country.
IFP’s outcry follows a visit to the Party’s
and ANC’s struggle icon’s tombstone in eMbali, Pietermaritzburg.
This tombstone has its fence painted in the ruling party’s
monument which was supposed to be blessed by both IFP president,
Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi and former ANC president, Dr Nelson
Mandela in 1998 was placed as a commemoration of over 25 IFP and
ANC struggle icons that died during violence in Imbali.
“To have the gravestone’s fence painted in ANC
colours is an insult to the IFP since it was placed there not
only as ANC struggle icon’s memorial stone but it was to pay
tribute to both the IFP and ANC members who took part in
fighting towards ending violence that had plagued iMbali during
the apartheid era,” said Honourable Blessed Gwala, Leader of the
Official Opposition and IFP National Chairperson.
The IFP has a list of all IFP members and
Leaders who took part and whose names have been included, and
some were excluded in the list that is written on that
tombstone. The IFP is disturbed by ANC constant moves to impose
its heroes on everyone.
“We are not against the painting of the fences
but the ruling party needs to do it without controversy that
carries a lot of emotions. The ANC is hijacking each and
everything that involves IFP history in the struggle, in favour
of its heroes. A person who is misinformed about South African
history wouldn’t know that the IFP was part of the struggle and
has always been against violence,” said Honourable Gwala.
When some Leaders of the IFP went to visit the
gravesite, they also noticed that
the gravesite was not taken care of, as the grass had not been cut. The IFP also noticed that
the late Moses Mabhida Memorial Garden in eMbali section 1 had
security personnel present 24 hours/7 days a week when the
memorial garden only consists of Moses Mabhida and Johny
Contact: Honourable MB Gwala - 078 290 5842
Leader of the Official Opposition and IFP National Chairperson