ANC Erroneously Announces Death of
IFP Local Government Candidate

9th September 2014.



The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal has called on the ANC Provincial Secretary, Sihle Zikalala to desist from "peddling malicious statements" that the IFP local government by-election candidate in Newcastle, Thanduyise Mkhwanazi has died.


"We are perturbed as, whilst attempting to lambast the IFP over ‘irresponsible claims’, in the same breath Mr Zikalala announces the death of IFP candidate Mr Mkhwanazi.  Irresponsible indeed!  To set the record straight regarding Mr Zikalala’s vitriolic response to my statement I again reiterate - it would APPEAR that the attack on Mr Mkhwanazi is politically motivated and it must be speedily investigated to ensure a peaceful by-election in Newcastle,” Mr Gwala said.


“In the interest of peaceful and constructive political discourse it is suggested that responsible leaders first read what someone says and secondly verify their facts before making half-cocked statements. Unsubstantiated claims made by irresponsible leaders are not only baseless but reckless and dangerous as they have a potential to create unnecessary tensions between IFP members and other political parties,” continued Mr Gwala.


“We demand that the ANC’s Mr Zikalala withdraw his statement and apologise to the Mkhwanazi family. These comments by Mr Zikalala are insensitive to the family of Mr Mkhwanazi who are still traumatised by the brutal attack on him," Mr Gwala concluded.



Issued by:

Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP National Chairperson,0782905842


For Media Enquiries:

IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675