PRESS STATEMENT BY
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP'S PLEA TO NATIONAL MINISTER TO ACT ON PROMISE

Durban: February 17, 2005

The IFP's KwaZulu-Natal Spokesperson Mr Velaphi Ndlovu MP today called on the National Minister of Safety and Security to act on his promise in parliament to investigate claims regarding two people in Nongoma, who according to the community, are destabilising the area.

Mr Ndlovu added,

"Dr Cwele's admission in parliament that two people in Nongoma who are suspected by community in activities to destabilise the area are members of the ANC should form the starting point of the investigation promised by National Minister Ngcuka. It is apparent that Dr Cwele has information that can assist in establishing the operations of these two people and their links to the ANC."

"Dr Cwele's ridiculious statement that there is peace in Nongoma and that people are growing gardens shows how little he knows about the community or, at worst, is trying to cover up a hot spot with flowery talk."

"Even more concerning and supporting the Nongoma community's claim, is that the police in a roadblock a few days ago found one these ANC members driving a vehicle from the Premier's department with a Petrocard credited to the Department of the Premier. This person is not employed by the government."

"We want the National Minister, as promised, to start the investigation by questioning Dr Cwele and determine the extent of the information that he appears to have and to further establish how a person suspected by the local community in violent acts can be using government transport. In light of the community's claims it appears sinister that this man, who Dr Cwele admitted is an ANC member, is using government transport and the question is therefore raised for what purposes."

Contact:
Mr VB Ndlovu - 083 625 0803