02 April 2014.
The IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr Alfred
Mpontshane, MP, has expressed his concern over the University of
Zululand's plans to honour President Jacob Zuma, but not the
founder of the university, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
"The IFP President, Prince Mangosuthu
Buthelezi, has served the University of Zululand for more than a
decade as Chancellor. He played a major role in founding the
University. From the building stage, he has seen the university
through to its present successful state"
Prince Buthelezi also mobilized the Amakhosi
to help fund this university.
"This was one of the greatest contributions he
made to the people of Zululand - when all the odds were against
them, and even when some people were even referring to it as a
'bush university'. But Prince Buthelezi invested all his
energies and influence into seeing that the University of
Zululand was established and expanded, and that it survived and
prospered until today"
"Its success can be gauged by the number of
graduates that emerge from it, the number of which increases
every year" said Mpontshane
He also stated that the IFP was not against
the university honouring President Zuma.
"What we are saying is what about paying
tribute to the icon who founded the university and gave so much
to it during his lifetime? This leaves us wondering if the
university has a political motive in doing this"
"As the IFP, it seems to us that this 'honour'
that is to be bestowed is being used in a political way. We
believe that the university should not be politically selective.
Institutions of learning are supposed to be neutral, and their
actions should always be exemplary"
IFP Spokesperson on Education Mr Alfred
Mpontshane (MP) 083 441 6201
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