In response to the unrelenting media
speculation that I aspire to lead the IFP, I unequivocally and
fully express my full support of the leadership of Prince
I would like to bring an end to the
innuendo and rumours that have persisted in recent weeks,
fuelled by unscrupulous and dishonest elements. These reports
have suggested that I am a leader of a faction that seeks to
oust Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi from the leadership of the IFP.
There have also been allegations that I am a 'reformist' who
demands transformation with the undisguised insinuation that it
is Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi who is resisting change.
I wish to make it clear that if there are
any persons or factions within, or aligned to the Party, who are
agitating for me to challenge Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi for
the leadership, that they do so without my approval and should
I do not want to be leader and I want
those who say I do to shut up. Their thrust is not my thrust.
Nor is the IFP a Party divided between so-called
'traditionalists' and 'modernisers'. We cohere around a common
set of political values. We are one family and that family is
led by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
As the National Chairperson, I serve
alongside Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi and I am wholly committed
to the transformation project for the renewal and rejuvenation
of the Party which he put into place at the last Annual General
Conference and which he continues to pursue with vigour.
I have no hidden agenda. I am a servant of
the IFP and I am loyal to my leader, Prince Mangosuthu
Buthelezi. I have full confidence in the quality of his
leadership. I believe he is the right man for this demanding
job, who deserves the support of all loyal IFP members.
I therefore call upon all members of the
IFP to concentrate on defeating our political opponents: the ANC
government which is failing the people of South Africa every
day. A government that has failed on HIV/Aids. A government that
has failed to create jobs. A government that has presided over
the widening poverty and inequality gap which consigns the
majority of our people to gut-wrenching poverty.
It is only the IFP, united behind the
leadership of Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, which can lead South
Africa into a brighter future.