The IFP raises eyebrows at Premier S'bu
Ndebele's decision to probe the "political
hooliganism" of IFP supporters at the Abaqulusi
Municipality. These afforded the delegation from the
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Parliament, led by its Speaker, a
hostile reception in Vryheid last week.
"The IFP condemns the disruption of
the parliamentary visit in the strongest possible terms. We
condemn violent behaviour in principle. But, at the same time,
can see what made the Abaqulusi community angry," said
former KZN Premier, Dr Lionel Mtshali MPP who currently leads
the IFP caucus at the KZN Parliament.
The IFP would like to remind the Premier
that it was the ANC-led provincial Cabinet that dissolved the
Abaqulusi Council which the local people had elected. The MEC
for Local Government, Mike Mabuyakhulu, subsequently installed a
"An ANC-dominated delegation later
arrived to stage yet another glitzy event where it expected to
tell the tranquil community how fortunate they were to have an
ANC government. Did it not occur to anyone in the ANC that the
locals may opt for a word of protest? What did the delegation
expect?" - said Dr Mtshali.
"The Premier is being highly
selective in pointing out 'hooligans'. He has forgotten that the
ANC once used the same tactic of protest against a regime it
perceived to be arrogant and unjust. We imagine this is how the
people of Abaqulusi felt about the ministerial intervention in
their council," said Dr Mtshali.
"When one listens to the Premier, one
gets the impression that yesterday's ANC freedom fighters are
the same kind as today's IFP 'hooligans'. Is the Premier
rewriting the history of his own political movement or is he
conveniently throwing mud at IFP supporters?" - said Dr
The IFP also notes that the MEC for
Education, Ina Cronje, was quoted in the media as saying that
there will not be any "no-go" areas in KwaZulu-Natal.
She was apparently responding to the hostile reception of the
parliamentary delegation in Vryheid.
"The grotesque part of the Minister's
statement is that it was her party, the ANC, that created a
"no-go" area of Vryheid when, during last week's
visit, it neglected to invite some of the crucial stakeholders
to the ongoing crisis at Abaqulusi," said Dr Mtshali in
reference to the Mayor of the Zululand District Municipality, Ms
Zanele Magwaza, and the local traditional leader, Induna
For further information contact:
Dr Lionel Mtshali: 083 256 4902