20 January 2014, Durban Manor Hotel, Durban
The War Council of the Economic Freedom
Fighters (EFF), led by the Commander-in-Chief fighter Julius
Malema; and the National Executive Committee of Inkatha Freedom
Party (IFP), led by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, IFP President
have ended a meeting which was the first between the two
The meeting discussed a number of issues,
including unfortunate events of the past which negatively
impacted on relations between the President of the IFP and the
then President of the ANC Youth League. That history was dealt
with amicably and an understanding was reached.
The Commander in Chief conveyed a sincere
apology to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi for the unfortunate
remarks he made about him during his tenure as President of the
ANC Youth League, and vowed to never make such remarks in the
future. The National leadership of the IFP wholeheartedly
accepted the apology and acknowledged that this reflects the
maturity that defines the EFF’s approach to the electoral
politics of South Africa.
In addition, the two parties looked at the
problems facing South Africa and how they can be resolved in the
interests of millions of the citizens of this country who have
waited for almost twenty years to taste the fruits of liberation
for which many suffered.
The two parties agreed that indeed millions of
South Africans have not experienced the freedom that they fought
for. It is a fact that the current government has failed South
Africans with regards to doing justice to the issue of land. We
believe that a new approach is urgently needed to address this
question on the basis that the ‘willing-buyer, willing-seller’ principle has not worked. We also agreed that
corruption and nepotism are a cancer in our society that
seriously impacts on service delivery.
The two parties also share the view that the
role of the IEC must be discussed with a view to finding a
situation where elections can really be called free-and-fair.
The meeting in particular raised serious concerns about the role
played by Electoral Officers from SADTU who as we all know, are
aligned to the ANC. We object to their continued use by the IEC.
The meeting also expressed concerns at the misuse of the
Intelligence apparatus to settle political scores.
The allocation of elections resources by the
IEC and other public institutions always favour the ruling party
and this undermines the principle of free and fair elections.
Municipal by-laws which regulate how political party posters
should be posted in various Municipalities should be amended to
allow all political parties to canvass for votes freely.
Although there are fundamental differences
between the two organisations with regards to what is best for
South Africa, they have agreed that it is more than crucial for
parties in opposition to work together to ensure that first the
forth-coming national elections are free, fair and just; and
secondly that our democracy survives and thrives for the sake of
Consequently the two
organisations have agreed that they will keep channels of
Both EFF and IFP will protect each other
during the elections campaign and will ensure that their members
campaign in all areas without fear of intimidation and violence.
EFF and IFP agree that tribalism should never
be a tool for political mobilisation. Efforts by the ruling
party, particularly in KwaZulu Natal to use tribalism should be
opposed, undermined. The people should be educated that
governments are chosen for the policy positions they advocate,
not for the language they speak.
As a Public Broadcaster, the SABC has an
obligation to provide free and fair coverage for all political
parties during elections in an equitable manner. The ICASA regulations that allocate the time
period for political party coverage during elections do not
provide a free and fair environment to all parties to canvass
Both the EFF and IFP agree that the Public
Broadcaster should provide a free, fair and consistent platform
for all political parties to campaign for elections. The SABC
should cover all political parties’ manifesto launches live.
ISSUED BY EFF AND IFP
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (National Spokesperson)
Cell: +27 (73) 133 3012 // +27 (61) 482 6589
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Joshua Mazibuko (IFP Deputy Spokesperson)
Cell: 083 992 6135