National Assembly: 18 February 2010
The IFP has noted with concern the public
statements made by the Honourable Minister of Human Settlements
concerning the National Chairperson of the IFP.
The Minister accuses the IFP of ill-treating
our National Chairperson; he however does not elaborate on the
The IFP condemns the Minister's comments as
negative, hostile and uncalled for interference in the internal
affairs of the IFP.
Let me remind this House that the IFP
refrained from poking its nose in the internal struggles of the ANC
prior to its Polokwane conference and again in recent weeks when the
ANC President came under severe pressure for the choices he has made
in his personal life. We would therefore expect the ANC to refrain
from weighing-in on current internal debates within the IFP, in the
run-up to its elective conference in May this year.
Propagandistic statements such as these by
the Honourable Minister Sexwale and the very public attacks of
Julius Malema on the IFP, leave us wondering whether the ANC has
taken a conscious decision to label the IFP as its enemy against
which the hostility of the ANC must be directed.
The IFP calls upon the ANC to rein in the
motor-mouths within its ranks. And we are looking forward to receiving
the ANC's unequivocal response to the issue we have raised.
Koos van der Merwe
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