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We'll campaign in Buthelezi's own backyard

By unknown | Feb 05, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has reiterated the ANC statement that it will be returning to Nongoma soon.

"We will go back to Nongoma," said Malema.

"No amount of intimidation will stop us, not even (Mangosuthu) Buthelezi.

"We will campaign even in his back yard or his house and recruit his children to join the ANC.

"KwaZulu-Natal is the home of the ANC," he said.

He was addressing thousands of ANC supporters outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday.

Malema's promise comes after ANC members, including a royal family member, Prince Zebulon Zulu, were shot at while returning from the party's rally in Nongoma on Sunday.

Meanwhile, ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe has praised the police for the arrest ofsuspects in connection with the recent spate of violent attacks.

These include the killing of a Msinga chief Inkosi Mbongeleni Zondi, the shooting of Prince Zulu, his daughter-in-law and another woman, as well as the shooting of local ANC chairman Bongani Ngcobo at his party offices.

"This shows that we have a police service we can count on," Mantashe said.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has called on UDM leader Bantu Holomisa to publicly apologise for his claims that Jacob Zuma was flown to an ANC rally in Ulundi in an SANDF helicopter.

In his outburst, Holomisa charged that Zuma was not the president of the country.

"How do they justify this?

"If the ANC president insists on arriving in a helicopter, the ANC should hire private helicopters and preserve the image of the SANDF as a non-partisan state institution.

"The resources of the state, especially the security forces, must be seen to serve all the citizens and not used in support of one political party," said Holomisa.

"Holomisa must apologise for his unfounded claims. Zuma did not use a state helicopter, it was a privately hired helicopter," said the ANC.


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