Mangosuthu Buthelezi: SA Has Never Had a Free, Fair Election

Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) president Mangosuthu Buthelezi says the country has never had a free and fair election, even after the country became a democracy.

The IFP told journalists during a post-election briefing in KwaZulu-Natal that it had always been open about the credibility of the country’s elections.

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More than 20 disgruntled parties are set to continue with their legal action against the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa challenging the outcome, despite the outcome already being declared above board.

Buthelezi said he agreed with the smaller parties.

“From 1994, I’ve always been seen as a spoiler; I’ve been very candid that we’ve never had a free and fair election in South Africa. Even if my party didn’t do badly, I certainly agree with the smaller parties that it wasn’t a free and fair election.”


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