Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi yesterday accused the ANC of lying to the people, saying for the past 21 years the ruling party had been making empty promises.
“The ANC has been promising jobs for all, free education and a better tomorrow,” said Buthelezi at the IFP’s 40th anniversary rally in Soweto, Johannesburg, yesterday. “They have failed to fulfil the most fundamental promises they made to South Africa.”
“For the past few years, we have seen service delivery protests igniting in municipalities across SA.” “There is disillusionment among voters, who empowered a party they thought would deliver.” He cited lack of integrity and moral leadership as the reasons the ANC was failing the people.
“South Africa is burning under poor leadership and we are frustrated.” In response, ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said Buthelezi’s accusations flew in the face of proven evidence of the accomplishments of the ANC-led government. Buthelezi also came out in support of student protests against fee increases. “The rising anger of young South Africans is understandable,” he said.
“Our youth are asking for the opportunity to create their own future. “We are shooting ourselves in the foot if we make education a preserve of the few.” He called for the multiparty democracy to be strengthened, adding that “weak leadership will fall”.