The IFP has not taken kindly to comments made by Julius Malema about Mangosuthu Buthelezi, their leader. The Economic Freedom Fighter leader claims that the IFP will die when Buthelezi no longer leads them.
The IFP party is not pleased with Julius Malema after he claimed they will become obsolete after their leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, leaves.
Mkhuleko Hlengwa, spokesperson for the IFP, spoke during a media briefing yesterday, asking the Economic Freedom Fighter should leave Buthelezi be.
Julius Malema had obviously touched on a sore point for the party, when he told supporters in Newcastle yesterday that:
“The IFP leader is going into retirement and the IFP is going with him.”
According to IOL, Hlengwa responded to the comment by saying Malema was playing the man and not the game. He elaborated that the EFF president should not discuss the IFP, since he had never been a part of their movement:
“Prince Buthelezi has successfully groomed a crop of leadership to ensure a smooth transition, which he had been spearheading from 2012, and it would materialise in the collective interest of the IFP,”
Hlengwa was insistent that Buthelezi's legacy would speak for itself and would never die with him. In his opinion, the IFP couldn't take Malema seriously because he had a questionable personality:
“Mr Malema was at some point prepared to kill or die for Mr Zuma (former president Jacob Zuma). I am not sure whether he would come back a few years later to apologise and retract that kind of assertion that he makes about Prince Buthelezi and the IFP,” .
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that Julius Malema had been in Newcastle to appear before the Magistrate's Court over comments he made in 2016. Thousands of EFF supporters had gathered to show him support.
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