- IFP leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, has suggested that Human Rights Day be renamed in honour of black consciousness leader, Robert Sobukwe.
- He made the suggestion while on the campaign trail
- Buthelezi also slammed the ANC and said the IFP was the only party that cared about human rights
Buthelezi put forward the proposal on Thursday while launching the IFP manifesto in Gauteng.
Buthelezi also sang his own praises, saying that he served the country well as Minister of Home Affairs under Nelson Mandela.
The IFP leader said that during his tenure, South Africa experienced less illegal immigration and more of an influx of productive, skilled foreign labour. Buthelezi also slammed his successor, saying that the ANC's problems began after Buthelezi left government.
He also said that, as minister, he had the mandate to propose public holidays, which is why he was now saying that Human Rights Day should honour Robert Sobukwe.
Sobukwe's name is experiencing something of a renaissance lately, with several institutions being renamed in honour of the PAC founder. Rhodes University's largest and oldest residence was recently renamed Robert Sobukwe House, for example.
Buthelezi went on to say that the IFP was the only political party which truly cared about human rights and upholding the Constitution, according to Eyewitness News. This comes as Buthelezi has been in full campaign mode for his final presidential run as leader of the IFP.
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