EFF spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has been taking continual fire on Twitter since his birthday wish to IFP leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, in which he suggested the Zulu firebrand was more deserving of a Nobel peace prize than FW de Klerk.
On Monday, he also shared a photo of himself with Buthelezi, who turned 90 this week.
Happy 90th Birthday to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, President of the IFP – should have shared a peace prize with Mandela. But white ‘reconciliation’ was more critical than black unity! pic.twitter.com/3xk9KPQOll
— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) August 27, 2018
Since then, many on Twitter have shared their view that Ndlozi’s sentiments are misinformed and ignorant of history, with them taking the historical position that the IFP was deeply engaged in a low-level civil war with, in particular but not exclusively, members of the ANC, and was not willing to helpfully engage at the negotiating table ahead of the 1994 elections.
It was only a last-minute concession on Zulu tribal land that resulted in the Ingonyama Trust that saw the IFP agree to be on the ballot paper for the first democratic elections.
KwaZulu-Natal was particularly hard-hit by violence, while hostels in Gauteng, especially on the East Rand, were hotbeds of murderous clashes, often led by senior members of the IFP.
Many were quick to mention the massacres of Boipatong and Thokoza, and the bloodshed in Kagiso and Vosloorus.
Buthelezi has also long stood accused of having collaborated with the apartheid government.
Many comments suggested unhappiness with Ndlozi, with the general consensus being that Ndlozi may be “too young” to remember what was going on. It is difficult to find anyone on social media daring to defend the EFF’s spokesperson, who, for the moment isn’t the “People’s Bae”, it seems.
Ndlozi responded on Wednesday by standing by his tweet and claiming that black people were engaging in self-negation by overlooking his point that he considered De Klerk a “worse killer” than Buthelezi. He claimed that Buthelezi had indeed played a role in ushering in peace.
The moral of this tweet is that many blacks are still willing to accept “peace and reconciliation” from a worse killer president of apartheid, FW De Klerk. Yet, reject the idea of peace with IFP black President, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Best example of self-negation by blacks https://t.co/G9FfZ2Zel5
— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) August 29, 2018
Ndlozi continued to remain a talking point throughout the week, with one person even blaming the young academic’s education at Wits University.
If you grew up in KZN like me you wouldnt mention Buthelezi and peace in the same sentence.
— lebo mabea???????? (@mabealebo1) August 27, 2018
The IFP certainly had a political and social base of support, that is not in question. The issue I am challenging is whether it's principles and practices in that era were worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize, as Ndlozi is suggesting.
— Madeleine Fullard (@mfullard2) August 29, 2018
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi forcing the killer Mangosuthu "Gatsha" Buthelezi down Black people's throats. Buthelezi & De Klerk are killers must go rot in hell, Ndlozi must feed hus cabals.
— Aluta✊???? (@LuthoZA) August 29, 2018
Days later I’m still really bothered by Ndlozi’s Mangosuthu/Mandela tweet. This morning I remembered the fear one felt growing up in Soweto because of how Inkatha terrorized communities. They once flooded into the primary school I was in and created incredible fear and confusion
— Cassandra???????? (@MsCassandraGud) August 29, 2018
Wow, the ass licking Dr. Ndlozi! You have no idea of what you are talking about! We had to leave our homes for weeks/months fleeing from being killed by IFP. Mangosuthu was nicknamed Butcherlezi. Your example of piece! O tsuba matekwane son!
— Thebe Phoko (@PhokoThebe) August 27, 2018
Another question Lebo is why he never appeared before the TRC
— Ephulayo (@sithembisondl15) August 27, 2018
Thank you, Buthelezi was bad news. But for @MbuyiseniNdlozi was a hero.
— lebo mabea???????? (@mabealebo1) August 27, 2018
I don't think Ndlozi understands the pain caused by Buthelezi and his IFP, the pain is harder because it's own killing you with the support of De Klerk.
Same with Bantu Holomisas second in command, Sfiso Nkabinde in the Midlands, Holomisa is just as guilty as Nkabinde was.
— … (@_uBhungane) August 29, 2018
I agree de Klerk should not have been granted the Nobel prize but Buthelezi is not a saint. His inkhatha thugs have left a trail of permanently broken families from Kagiso to Boipatong to Vosloorus to KZN. Ndlozi's tweet so insensitive.
— I am TMan (@ThabokTk) August 28, 2018
EFF solidarity with apartheid’s askari’s.
— Richard Spoor (@Richard_Spoor) August 28, 2018
You may need to explain this statement further. This is not my memory of this man.
— Literate Lion (@HlomlaDandala) August 27, 2018
Ndlozi’s idiotic tweet keeps finding itself onto my TL and I keep getting embarrassed for him every time.
— Princess of Nkandla (@Sisi_Sasha) August 27, 2018
All he cared about were Zulu people hence the call for federal states, this despite having understood the ANC's call for black unity beyond ethnic groups…even today Zulus still think of themselves as superior thanks to people like Gatsha. ANC saved SA from gATSHA over & over
— Amandla Ngawetu Ngok (@roger_nator) August 28, 2018
How quickly we forget all the violence and many lives lost in Katlehong and other townships as a result of IFP in lead up to 1994. On way to my grandmothers funeral we lost atleast 6 community members. We must tell the ugly side of Buthelezi too.
— Mandla Sibeko (@msibeko) August 28, 2018
Some non-Inkatha members from Enhlanzeni hostel had to sleep in open graves at Mooifontein. It was horrific
— #AlbinismIsBeautiful (@neoza_ZA) August 29, 2018
Gatsha and Peace, that's water and oil….. some of us dont have amnesia. we still remember IFP killings like they happened yesterday, if there was justice in this world, this man would be in jail.
— Mfundo Jack (@Damn_ashes) August 27, 2018
Mbuyiseni grew up on Nespray. He doesnt know what Buthelezi did in the township of Mlazi, Pmb, UniZul when he called impi to kill students who were protesting.
There are things you can't learn from books Dr @MbuyiseniNdlozi
— Ngunezi (@SthembisoMkhize) August 27, 2018
What I fail to understand in Ndlozi's tweet, everyday Black twitter is attacking De Klerk as a murderer who did not deserve Nobel Prize. But somehow he made huge leaps of logic to say something about Buthelezi. It was too bizarre from a logic perspective. I blame Wits.
— Khize wa maZambezi (@NomalangaSA) August 29, 2018
I honestly believe Ndlozi's account was hacked when he wrote that Buthelezi tweet. Or maybe he was drunk tweeting, either way it cannot have come from a real thought out sincere place.
— Queen Becky ♕ (@bhubaza) August 29, 2018
Ndlozi is very ignorant. Many of our people are still angry about this. My mother will never forget the day IFP supporters broke into her home and she had to hide under the bed. We must reject this populist explanation that if we reject Buthelezi we love De Klerk.
— Lethabo Mbawo???????? (@MbawoLive) August 29, 2018
Please apologize Mr Ndlozi
— Malome (@malomes) August 29, 2018
My cousin was killed by Inkatha. He was stabbed with a spear & thrown out of a moving train.
Ndlozi needs to delete that tweet & apologize.
Konje! He’s from the West Rand nhe.????
— Khanyisto ☀ (@K_anye) August 29, 2018
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is really trying to guilt trip folks into reconciling with Mangosuthu Buthelezi because he's black. So all lives lost and terrorised by him are cannon fodder in the name of Black Unity
— delusions of grandeur (@YXNDI) August 29, 2018
???????? Oh dear Ndlozi, you are so out of touch with reality it is scary. Have a look at your own "leader", please. I'm sure you will find exactly what you have described in your delusional tweet.
— king snake (@kingjakesnake) August 29, 2018
How could Mbuyiseni Ndlozi tweet such ???? I learnt Buthelezi's history at Grade 10 .. i'm soo disappointed I thought he's a mastermind
— Max????️ (@FusionistRSA) August 28, 2018
And u have idiots like Mbuyiseni Ndlozi who want to defend that warlord. https://t.co/CzRxnfDrRM
— … (@_uBhungane) August 29, 2018
I think to Ndlozi is more about a white man I understand the dislike to that but Buthelezi's ppl killed their own Black people and used guns given by the oppressors to continue with their mass killings…. who kills his own? He doesn't deserve a peace prize
— G.S Maku (@gopolang6) August 29, 2018
Short memories Mr Ndlozi…. wasn't this person a factory reject. Maybe that is why he was rejected for the Nobel Prize???
— Haroon Aboobaker (@bakerm786) August 29, 2018
Ndlozi I love and respect u and the EFF but this tweet is rubbish, I don’t recognize it
— Frank sfiso mohlala (@frank_sfiso) August 27, 2018