2nd March 2014
In the run up to a national election,
unpredictable circumstances always arise.
In this campaign, just ten weeks before we
vote, the President of the IFP, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, has
found himself a victim of unpredictable circumstances.
This week, as he was leaving his office to
attend a reception of the US Ambassador, Prince Buthelezi missed
a step in the parliamentary buildings and slipped. It was
discovered the following day, when he returned to Durban, that
he had sustained a knee injury.
Ironically, in March 1997, US President Bill
Clinton suffered this same injury when he slipped on a step in
Like thousands of people every year, Prince
Buthelezi had ruptured his quadriceps tendon, the connective
tissue that binds the powerful muscles of the thigh to the
kneecap. Sportsmen will confirm that this injury is painful and
frustrating, as it requires several weeks of using a leg brace
to ensure full recovery.
As this injury is fresh, Prince Buthelezi
required some assistance to mount the stage at the King
Zwelithini Stadium in Durban today where the IFP launched its
national election manifesto.
Prince Buthelezi has faced countless
challenges as he fulfils his calling to serve his nation. But
he is, as Nelson Mandela said, "a formidable survivor" and he
has not stopped working for the good of South Africa even in the
most trying circumstances.
The IFP offers our support to our leader as he
takes this campaign forward with the unexpected complication of
a knee injury. We know that it does not affect his message or
his leadership. He remains the voice of reason and integrity;
the hope of our nation.
Ms Liezl van der Merwe MP,
officer to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP, on 082 729 2510.