MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY

 


STATEMENT ON PRESS COVERAGE OF 
LEAKED IFP PARLIAMENTARY CAUCUS DISCUSSION DOCUMENT
BY DR GAVIN WOODS, MP

August 11, 2005

In recent days a discussion document, prepared by me for internal debate within the Inkatha Freedom Party, has somehow found its way into the hands of the media.

I would like to express my regret at this invasion of privacy of a political party, particularly when it concerns matters of an internal nature.

Worse still, I am shocked at how the document has been represented by some members of the media corps. While the paper considers a range of problems in the Party (from my perspective), the main thrust of the paper proposes discussions around possible ways in which the party could re-emerge as a stronger and more influential political player in our multi-party democracy. The paper was intended to stimulate discussion.

Certain media reports have cherry-picked the paper's more dramatic observations, particularly those which have been - wrongly - interpreted to blame the President of the IFP for problems in the party. This is a contrived and inaccurate representation of the paper and its key arguments.