IFP: Statement by the Inkatha Freedom Party on the finding of the Nongoma pre-election violence case (21/08/2009)

21st August 2009

A court ruled this week that there was no case to pursue against
members of the Inkatha Freedom Party who were arrested on suspicion of
attempted murder following a pre-election ANC rally in Nongoma,
KwaZulu Natal in February this year.

Zulu royal family member and ANC MP Prince Zeblon Zulu and his
daughter-in-law, Dorris Zulu, were shot and wounded after leaving a
rally in Nongoma.

"Earlier this year, IFP members were blamed for shooting one of the
ruling party's supporters in front of the ANC offices in Nongoma.
Subsequently, we were blamed for the violence that erupted during the
ruling party's campaign blitz in Nongoma and Ulundi. Both of these
claims have now been dismissed in court and it proves without a doubt
that the ANC used undemocratic and underhanded tactics to discredit
the IFP in the lead-up to the April elections," said Albert Mncwango,
the IFP's National Organiser.

Mncwango said that the negative publicity the IFP received during
their election campaign caused untold harm to the party.

"The ANC was on a systematic campaign to destroy the electorate's
confidence in the IFP by concocting lies about us and they used the
media as their mouthpiece. Propaganda stories such as these - that the
IFP has taken a deliberate long-term view that they will never allow
the ANC to freely campaign in Ulundi and Nongoma, even if that results
in the death of their opponents - were peddled in the media as facts.
The damage has been done but now that the true facts are out in the
open we hope that the media will respond positively," said Mncwango.

Mncwango added that the court ruling has also exposed what the IFP has
said all along - that the ruling party abused the SAPS during the
build-up to the elections for their own gain.

"The ANC used the SAPS as its private army - our leaders where
harassed and intimidated and our supporters were arrested for crimes
they didn't commit. The SAPS operated in a vindictive manner against
those perceived to be enemies of the ruling party," said Mncwango.

Mncwango has repeated his warning that democracy will suffer if the
ANC is allowed to again abuse its power in KwaZulu Natal.

"The IFP is already gearing-up for the 2011 local government elections
and we are certain that we will once again have to deal with the same
undemocratic shenanigans that the ANC were guilty of during the 2009
elections, such as intimidation, bribery and the spreading of false
information. We want to call on the ANC to play by the rules in the
lead-up to the 2011 elections and not to engage again in the dirty
politics of spreading false information," said Mncwango.