MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY

 


MURDER OF CAMPAIGN MANAGER MICHAEL MBAMBO:
IFP CONCERNED BY-ELECTION WILL NOT BE FREE AND FAIR

May 11, 2005

The IFP's KwaZulu-Natal Deputy-Spokesperson, Mr Velaphi Ndlovu, today condemned the murder of Mr Michael Mbambo at about 15h00 yesterday afternoon. Michael Mbambo was the campaign manager for Simon Thabethe in a by-election taking place in Ward 7 in KwaDukuza today.

Mr Ndlovu said:

"A campaign of intimidation, in which IFP posters have been removed has finally culminated in the murder of Mr Michael Mambo who was serving as the campaign manager of a by-election taking place today in KwaDukuza. Michael Mbambo was very active in the campaign. It is therefore hard to imagine that his murder was not politically motivated."

"The impact that this cowardly deed will have on the by-election today is far reaching. People will be afraid to go out and vote, thereby declaring this election unfree and unfair before it even begins."

"The IFP expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Michael Mbambo. May God comfort and give them peace. We also express our condolences to Simon Thabethe. The IFP calls on the police to act quickly to arrest the perpetrators of this murder."

"We urge all the people in this by-election to go out and vote in order to honour the memory of Michael Mbambo by winning this ward."

Contact: Mr VB Ndlovu - 083 625 0803