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IFP: Statement by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Inkatha Freedom Party president, on the coalition between the ANC and the NFP (30/05/2011)

30th May 2011


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Over the past few weeks during the local government election campaign,
I repeatedly warned the electorate that a vote for the NFP is a vote
for the ANC. Today my warning has been confirmed.

The IFP is not surprised by the announcement that the ANC and NFP have
formed a coalition in KwaZulu Natal to lead municipalities that were
formerly under our administration. The electoral results left the
province with 19 hung municipalities because the NFP did what we said
they would do; they split the vote.


In the interests of good governance and service delivery, the IFP ? in
good faith ? set up a negotiating team and approached both the ANC and
the NFP to discuss how the hung municipalities could become
functional. The ANC engaged the negotiations perfunctorily, but then
sent a message to us that they were not prepared to "co-govern" with
the IFP.

The NFP, on the other hand, agreed to discussions, but then failed to
turn up for the meeting. Through the media, they set the precondition
that the IFP apologise for making the statement that some leaders
within the ANC had bankrolled the split in the IFP and supported the
formation of the NFP, with the aim of finally defeating their old enemy.


This precondition was then put on the table by the NFP's Mr Mansoor,
Mr Ivan Barnes and Mrs Jiyane, the former Mayor of Melmoth. Our team,
led by Mr Narend Singh MP, pointed out that the NFP had hurled any
number of insults at me, but the need for apologies was irrelevant as
the IFP could not meet the precondition.

We could not apologise for speaking the truth, particularly when we
had exposed the evidence of this truth in the national House of
Parliament and raised it with both the President and Deputy President
of the country. The NFP knew well that what they were asking for is
impossible. They approached the negotiating table in bad faith with
their plans already forged.

So we are not surprised by the announcement that the ANC and the NFP
have joined forces to run KwaZulu Natal. This was the plan all along.
Now it is simply a matter of time before the NFP is swallowed up by
the ANC and ceases to exist like countless others before it.

The IFP commiserates with the people of KwaZulu Natal, whose trust has
again been broken. We are disappointed with the outcome for the IFP,
but have no intention of bowing out. We will not abandon KwaZulu Natal
in this hour of betrayal, for we are a party of unyielding principles.
We will remain to champion principled leadership, for the sake of this
province, this country and the future.

As long as there is still hope, the IFP remains; and for as long as
the IFP remains, there is still hope.


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