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Tutu's got it all wrong - Buthelezi

By unknown | Oct 07, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has criticised Archbishop Desmond Tutu for saying that he would not vote next year unless the ANC healed its divisions.

Writing in his weekly party newsletter, Buthelezi said although he shared "Tutu's frustration with the current crisis of leadership in the ANC", he believed the answer to the problem lies "in more and not less public participation in the political process".

"Archbishop Tutu remains an iconic figure and his political opinions matter to many South Africans. His vow that he will not vote in the next election is an unfortunate response to the ongoing crisis of leadership in the ruling party. The Archbishop's view is practically an endorsement of voter apathy," wrote Buthelezi.

Tutu said in a Sunday Times interview that if an election was held tomorrow he would not vote because of the disarray within the ruling party.

"I would be sufficiently unhappy not to vote" said the Archbishop, citing the recent ousting of former president Thabo Mbeki.

Buthelezi is also concerned that Tutu made the statement at the start of the national voter registration drive by the Independent Electoral Commission and political parties.

Buthelezi said contrary to what Tutu believed, South Africans have only one way of resolving the current political crisis - "by participating in the political process and by voting".

"We all fought for the right to vote in the struggle for liberation. The right to vote is now a reality and our opportunity to exercise this right for our own future and that of our children," said Buthelezi.


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