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IFP Confronts City Press Editor Over Allegations Against Late Founder

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has vigorously challenged the editor of the City Press, Mondli Makhanya, to substantiate his allegations that the late founder of IFP, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, endorsed multiple killings in the Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal townships during the late 80s and early 90s. The allegations were first aired in the City Press on the 10th of September, where Makhanya, known for his criticism of Buthelezi, accused him of active involvement with the apartheid government. Buthelezi consistently refuted these claims until his death on Saturday at the age of 95.

IFP spokesperson, Mkululeko Hlengwa, stated that Makhanya should verify his allegations against Buthelezi. Hlengwa criticized Makhanya for his perceived biased interpretation of history and failure to acknowledge the atrocities that led to the death of 20 000 people. He highlighted that 12 thousand of those who died belonged to the IFP, leading to the question of who orchestrated their death.

Hlengwa insisted on Makhanya presenting proof of Buthelezi ordering these acts of violence. He stressed on the risks associated with unchallenged statements becoming accepted truths, further burdening Makhanya to prove his allegations repeatedly asserted over the years.

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