ANC matters no concern of IFP

Your report, "Zuma win spells IFP loss: experts", in Sowetan on December 12 erroneously suggests that I am taking sides in the run-up to the 2007 ANC elective leadership conference at Polokwane. I am not. In fact, I would be an imbecile to involve myself in the business of the ANC.

Your report, "Zuma win spells IFP loss: experts", in Sowetan on December 12 erroneously suggests that I am taking sides in the run-up to the 2007 ANC elective leadership conference at Polokwane. I am not. In fact, I would be an imbecile to involve myself in the business of the ANC.

I stated that President Thabo Mbeki deserves to be treated with respect - regardless of the outcome of the ANC's elections - because he will still be the head of state. This is not a party-political matter.

I have seen ANC members abuse the president in public.

If Jacob Zuma becomes president, I will also plead for him to be given the same respect. People who posture as analysts have no right to accuse me of "taking advantage of the situation".

Zuma has said that the policies of the ANC will not change, irrespective of who is at the helm.

There is also another contradiction in the article. On the one hand, it seems to acknowledge that the IFP is the only political alternative to the ANC, while on the other hand, it predicts that it will lose support at the next election.

The IFP stands for continuity of tested values, policy and leadership in a time of uncertainty. I have never altered the role that I have played in South African politics. The circumstances around me and the party I lead have constantly shifted.

The present shift in politics renders the IFP's policies and leadership even more important for the stability, success and development of South Africa.

It does not take a political expert or genius to see this. I trust that ordinary people have the wisdom to recognise the importance of the IFP for the future of South Africa.

None of this can be portrayed as my taking advantage of the situation as your article suggests.

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi President of the IFP, Mahlabathini

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