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We want KZN back - IFP

By unknown | Nov 20, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Reclaim KwaZulu-Natal.

That's the order IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi issued at the two-day IFP women's brigade conference in Ulundi at the weekend.

His party lost the province to the ANC in 2004 and its MECs were recently kicked out of the provincial cabinet.

Buthelezi said the ANC had "lied" about its reasons for expelling the two remaining IFP MECs.

Last month Premier Sibusiso Ndebele ousted Blessed Gwala and inkosi Nyanga Ngubane.

"The real reason for the IFP MECs' ousting from the cabinet was the fact that the National Democratic Convention (Nadeco) and the DA had helped the IFP to unseat Dan Mabuyakhulu as mayor of Amajuba district municipality in Newcastle.

"Mabuyakhulu is Mike Mabuyakhulu's brother, MEC for local-government housing and traditional affairs," he said.

Buthelezi said he was surprised that the ANC was "moaning" about the IFP-Nadeco relationship.

"The IFP didn't moan when the ANC worked with Nadeco after the local-government elections in March."

Buthelezi said the ANC had taken its decision to remove IFP MECs from the cabinet before the municipal battle where the ANC lost control of Amajuba, Ndwedwe and Umhlathuze.

"We will keep the government on its toes and investigate the rumours that there are people looting government resources," he said.

Buthelezi questioned the Department of Agriculture's gift of cattle to three top provincial politicians' wives. He said cattle were intended for traditional leaders.

"This is clearly corruption," he said.


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