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Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi says the forthcoming elections on April 22 will not be free and fair, especially in KwaZulu-Natal.

Addressing the media in Durban yesterday, where the party outlined what it would do within the first 100 days after "assuming power" in the province, Buthelezi said he was not confident that the elections would be free and fair.

Buthelezi said the deployment of police in Nongoma, northern Zululand, was part of dirty tricks by the ANC to intimidate voters.

He accused the ruling party of using state agencies to intimidate people.

"I am not saying this because I smell defeat, but I am raising this because of past and current experiences," Buthelezi said/

"The deployment of police in Nongoma, where they have assaulted and intimidated our leaders like Musa Zondi, and the instances where women were pointed with firearms, make me conclude that these elections will not be free and fair."

Buthelezi said he has raised his reservations with IEC chairperson Brigalia Bam, who he said had promised to come back to him, but never did.

Among the first things that his party would tackle "if it wins", would be corruption, Buthelezi said.

"Over the past five years we have witnessed the disgraceful misuse of government office to pursue ANC factional fights, the scandal of increasingly pervasive corruption, the moral degeneration of our country, starting with some of the most senior ANC leaders ," he said.

Buthelezi said the party would only enter into talks on coalitions after the elections.

IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi said if elected, she would form a forensic team to investigate the failures in departments such as education, health and agriculture.


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