IFP celebrates 40 years anniversary

Political party leaders have put aside their political differences to join in marking 40 years since the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) was formed.
The party hosted a commemorative gala dinner at the International Convention Centre in Durban on Sunday evening. Reported by SABC News

Former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, African National Congress National (ANC) Chairperson Baleka Mbete, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa, African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader Kenneth Moshoe and the Pan African Congress (PAC) all paid tribute to the IFP and its leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Delivering a keynote address, Motlanthe said the party still has a role to play in dealing with the current challenges that the country is facing.

“We speak of the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Yet some of the key problems threatening to sink the ship that the late Nelson Mandela bequeaths us are of a subjective nature. Corruption especially among those of us charged with the task of governance, of ensuring that the dividends of democracy reach all our people, must be eradicated, root and branch. Along with all other political forces, the IFP has a considerable role to play in helping us fight corruption.”

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi says all leaders should be the champions of economic freedom. Buthelezi says political liberation is meaningless without economic freedom. He voiced his opposition to calls for nationalisation and expropriation of land without compensation.

“I doubt that there is any good faith leader in SA who does not champion the cause of economic freedom because we have not achieved economic freedom and this is the reason why our freedom is still meaningless in a sense when our people are suffering so much poverty and surely every citizen seeks an end to poverty.”

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