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IFP's Zondi warns ANC of blood bath

By unknown | May 02, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

IFP secretary-general Musa Zondi, below, has warned of a blood bath if the ANC-led eThekwini municipality forges ahead with its decision to rename Mangosuthu Highway, Mangosuthu Technikon and the Princess Magogo Stadium.

Speaking to thousands of IFP and a handful of DA supporters yesterday, Zondi said: "We want to warn the ANC in the municipality and the province that they must stop this or things could turn ugly.

"They need to be very careful when dealing with such matters because we are not afraid to fight and die," Zondi said.

"The renaming process has been seen as a deliberate effort to rewrite the history of this province and the country. We genuinely fear this process, if unchecked, could reopen the many wounds in the province which we all have tried to heal."

Last month IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi also warned of violence should the proposed name changes in the province go ahead.

Writing in his weekly IFP newsletter Buthelezi said the name changes would open "many old wounds" between ANC and IFP supporters in KwaZulu-Natal.

The IFP also lashed out at some proposed new place-names, including that of Fidel Castro.

"We note with concern the proliferation among the proposed new names of people who have no link to eThekwini municipality, KwaZulu-Natal or the country," the party said in a recent memorandum that was taken to the eThekwini municipality.

"The choice of names such as Fidel Castro or Che Guevara is outrageous, so is the name of Andrew Zondo, an activist convicted of terrorism," the memorandum read.

No one from the municipality accepted the memorandum, which angered the IFP.

Political analyst Nhlanhla Mtaka said leaders from both parties needed to meet and discuss the proposed name changes.

"They should have done so in the beginning and to avoid violence, they need to sit down now and draw up a list that will suit both parties," said Mtaka.


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