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By unknown | Jan 28, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sibongile Mashaba

Sibongile Mashaba

Days after Generations star Winnie Ntshaba apologised for her controversial comments at an IFP draft policy re-launch in Durban last week, the storm around her views refuses to die down.

This despite an explanation by IFP spokesman Musa Zondi that she was hired to read from a script.

Zondi was reported yesterday as having said the IFP had hired Ntshaba to attract young voters.

"It was also to penetrate the ANC's strongholds and consolidating its existing support base.

"This is what is going to preoccupy us. Any political party which hopes people will stand in queues to vote for it without doing these basics is nursing a pipe dream," Zondi said.

On Friday, Ntshaba apologised to Generations executive producer Mfundi Vundla and the ANC after Sowetan broke the story the previous day that she had told the IFP gathering that the ANC had tried to kill IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi in the 1980s.

"We know what the ruling party does to people who oppose them. They kill them," she told the gathering.

Ntshaba has since said the opinions were those of her client, the IFP.

In a statement to Sowetan on Thursday, Vundla said: "Even though Winnie works for the SABC1 drama Generations, these comments do not reflect the views of the show.

"The actors are given the liberty to perform at other events and we do not censor them in any way."

Ntshaba said: "I was asked to perform at the IFP rally held yesterday, and was provided with a script ...

"The opinions I expressed are not my own personal views, but are opinions of the client, the IFP."


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