On the Celebration of Eid Al-fitr 2014

Statement by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP
President of the Inkatha Freedom Party

29 July 2014.



Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated this year in tremendously painful circumstances. We in the IFP extend our support to Muslims everywhere who feel the burden of the conflict in the Middle East and are praying for peace.


As the month of Ramadan ended and the feast of Eid began, we realise that the sense of festivity and joy that usually accompanies this time of year is tempered with concern over what is happening in Palestine.


The IFP encourages Muslim families across South Africa to embrace the spirit of peace that Eid ushers in and to celebrate forgiveness and reconciliation. We believe that violence should never be used to resolve conflict. The greatest hope for peace is for each one of us to promote negotiation and reconciliation, modelling this to our children, particularly during times such as Eid.


The IFP wishes all Muslims, both within our Party and throughout the world, a blessed Eid Al-Fitr. May peace descend upon us all.



Ms Liezl van der Merwe MP on 082 729 2570.