MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY

 


IFP CONDEMNS MURDER OF ZULU PRINCE

March 3, 2005

The IFP condemns the murder of a member of the Zulu royal family, Prince Thulani Zulu. The Prince was gunned down in Nongoma on Tuesday afternoon.

"The IFP condemns this murder in the strongest language," said Dr Lionel Mtshali, MPP, who leads the IFP caucus in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Parliament. "Incidents like this are reminiscent of political violence of old and frustrate our efforts to build a peaceful, stable and prosperous province." The IFP urges the public to co-operate with SAPS in its investigation.

The IFP, as Dr Mtshali stated in his response to the Premier's State of the Province Address, applauds the bold and uncompromising stand adopted by its leader, Honourable Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi who requested the appointment of a Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Political Violence in KwaZulu-Natal. Such a commission has since been announced by Premier S'bu Nbedele.

"We, as a political party, accept the Premier's challenge to contribute to the search for the terms of reference for this initiative. The IFP has, for many years, been the lone voice in its demands for justice for the killings of the 400 IFP leaders and the 20 000 civilians at Richmond and elsewhere in the province at the height of the political violence that destabilised KwaZulu-Natal," said Dr Mtshali.

Contact: Dr Lionel Mtshali, 083 256 4902