PRESS STATEMENT BY
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP CAUCUS STRATEGY WORKSHOP FOR 2005

Durban: January 19, 2005

The IFP Parliamentary Caucus is holding a special two-day Caucus Workshop in Cape Town to finalize its strategies for the 2005 Parliamentary session.

IFP President, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP and the IFP Secretary General, Musa Zondi MP are present and leading discussions.

Chief Whip, Koos van der Merwe MP, said he was pleasantly impressed with the “enthusiasm and preparedness” demonstrated by the IFP Members of Parliament.

“They are eager to fulfil their role as moral opposition and have identified various challenging issues they wish to concentrate on during this year.”

Van der Merwe said the ANC’s failure to effectively address poverty, crime, corruption, HIV/Aids and unemployment is high on the IFP agenda. In addition, the “collapse” of the criminal justice system, black economic empowerment, the medicine crisis, pardons for political prisoners, Zimbabwe and other issues are eagerly being discussed.

The IFP also aims to drastically improve its capacity to spread its message to the peoples of South Africa.

“The is no better alternative in South Africa to the IFP’s principled stance on federalism (more power to the people close to ground level); pluralism (the right to retain one’s identity); strong leadership, family values, productivity and a return to morality.”