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I'm still bitter over pre -1994 pact'

By unknown | Apr 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

IFP president, Mangosuthu Buthelezi says he is still bitter that the ANC-led government has failed to honour the agreement reached before 1994 that international mediators would be called to intervene and address that status of the Zulu monarch.

The agreement was reached just before the first democratic elections in which Buthelezi agreed to participate. The elections ended black-on-black political violence that had rocked KwaZulu-Natal.

He said the decision came after King Goodwill Zwelithini also led a march to Pretoria, where he demanded to know the status of the institution of the monarch. Addressing hundreds of traditional leaders in Ulundi on Friday, Buthelezi said the agreement, signed before 1994 by himself, former president Nelson Mandela and the then president FW de Klerk, was not honoured.

"We agreed that international mediators would be brought in to clarify the status of the Zulu monarch, but this has not happened to date. The problems we are facing today as traditional leaders are direct consequences of that failure," he said.

Buthelezi also criticised the idea of building better houses for all the traditional leaders in the province. He said the matter was not discussed with them and they were against it.

Mike Mabuyakhulu, MEC for local government and traditional affairs, last week launched a programme to build houses for the chiefs, but many snubbed the launch.

"Culturally, if I die, my son will not use the room I shared with his mother. So what will happen if the inkosi dies? Does it mean the government will built another home for that particular inkosi that will be taking over?

"We are against this as it also is an attempt to tarnish the dignity and the culture of the Zulu nation," said Buthelezi.

But Mabuyakhulu said the houses were meant to give dignity to the traditional leaders.


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