Xenophobia: “We dare not forget what African leaders did for us”—Mangosuthu Buthelezi, IFP founder

August 4, 2016. IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi briefed the media about the 2016 local governmenr elections at the Durban ICC, yesterday. Picture: THULI DLAMINI

Mangosuthu Buthelezi, traditional prime minister to the Zulu nation and founder of Inkatha Freedom Party, on Sunday in Johannesburg, stated that South Africans dare not forget or ignore the sacrifices made by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other African leaders for the nation’s independence.

This was disclosed by Buthelezi while reproaching xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa.

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He further commended the former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s role.

He stated, “We dare not forget or disregard all that was done for us by African leaders like His Excellency President Olusegun Obasanjo. As a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group, General Obasanjo revealed to the world the real conditions of our people under apartheid. He supported us in our stand against the regime’s plan to deprive us of our citizenship.

“In fact, on the very day that Transkei took so-called independence, President Obasanjo arranged for me and my wife to be in Nigeria so that I could avoid attending Transkei’s independence ceremony. General Obasanjo invited me to Nigeria again this year, where I delivered a lecture in celebration of his 82nd birthday.

“This is one of the giants of Africa. What are we doing to his people?”

However, while rendering Buthelezi’s speech, the mob walked out on him, saying “foreigners must go back to where they came from”, to which the resulting violence led to the death of one person.

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