But analyst warns move would cause serious political tensions

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The Young Communist League (YCL) in KwaZulu-Natal called for the prosecution of IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi at the end of their two-day meeting at the weekend.

The YCL said Buthelezi and other Inkatha Freedom Party leaders should be charged along with former apartheid law and order minister Adriaan Vlok and former police commissioner Johann van der Merwe.

"We appeal to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to prosecute those responsible for atrocities committed during Buthelezi's KwaZulu government," said Khaye Nkwanyana.

He accused the former KwaZulu government of fermenting violence and committing gross atrocities.

Nkwanyana also said the YCL was still questioning why former IFP member Phillip Powell was allowed to go overseas without telling the truth about where he had got the arms cache which was found in KwaZulu-Natal.

"We cannot have real reconciliation if victims, orphans, widows and widowers of those people who died during the violence are still clueless as to why their relatives were killed," he said.

"We all need to close this chapter, but that will only be achieved if all the perpetrators are brought to book."

But political analyst Zakhele Ndlovu said the move would have serious political implications and cause unnecessary tensions which could affect stability in the country.

"We need to tread carefully when dealing with such a matter. I hope the NPA would be smart enough to treat the matter with the seriousness it deserves," said Ndlovu.

"We do not want to experience what we recently experienced during the march against name changes."

Although Buthelezi has welcomed the beginning of the process to prosecute those who were responsible for human rights abuses and did not apply for amnesty, he has also warned that prosecutions would negatively affect reconciliation.

"I fear that the generosity of spirit and magnanimity which characterised our confident young democracy could be yielding to the bitter fruits of recriminations,"Buthelezi wrote in his weekly newsletter recently.

"Reconciliation is too often spoken about in chocolate box language."

He said he did not apply for amnesty because he had no reason to do that. "I never personally ordered, authorised or approved the death of a single human being," he added.