Mangosuthu Buthelezi says SA has not seen 1 free and fair election

Mangosuthu Buthelezi says SA has not seen 1 free and fair election

- Mangosuthu Buthelezi has said not one election in South Africa since 1994 has been free and fair

- He said he shared some concerns with the 35 smaller political parties that objected to this year's election process

- Buthelezi also said that he would not be seeking re-election as IFP leader

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IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi says that none of South Africa's democratic elections have been free and fair.

Buthelezi made the remark while briefing the press on Monday in Durban.

This comes despite the IFP taking part in every election since 1994.

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In the lead-up to the 1994 elections, Buthelezi and the IFP famously refused to take part until shortly before the vote was set to take place. Stickers with the IFP name and logo were affixed to the ballots, as they had all already been printed.

This time, he cited issues such as the removable ink as problems with this year's election, adding that he shared some concerns with the 35 smaller parties who voiced grievances about the vote, according to IOL.

Despite this, the IFP made gains in this year's election. It put in an impressive showing in KwaZulu-Natal, which has long been the party's stronghold.

As a result, the IFP's performance in this election will see Buthelezi returning to Parliament. However, he has said that he will not run for his party's leadership position at its next elective conference.

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"I have very publicly and clearly indicated what will happen, when it will happen and how it will happen," Buthelezi said. 

This conference is expected to take place before July 2019, has gathered.

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