Floyd Shivambu, the President of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), paid a visit to the late Sovereign Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s residence in Ulundi. During his visit, he delivered a passionate speech, urging the founding members of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) to unite and actively participate in the movement. As the nation pays tribute to its departed leader, Shivambu emphasized the importance of maintaining the cohesion of the IFP in preparation for the upcoming elections.
On September 12, 2023, Sihle Mavuso shared a video on Twitter featuring Shivambu’s address. In his remarks, Shivambu implored the IFP’s founding members to put aside their differences and work harmoniously for the betterment of the party and in honor of the late Ruler Mangosuthu Buthelezi. He encouraged them to resolve their internal issues without tarnishing the party’s reputation, reminding them that severing ties would erase their shared history and diminish their collective value. He stressed the need for them to strengthen their connection.
With South Africa approaching a critical election season, the call for unity within the IFP becomes even more pressing. Shivambu advocated for immediate collaboration between the EFF and the IFP, as well as other influential organizations, to ensure the emergence of an alternative administration in KwaZulu-Natal ahead of the upcoming elections the following year.
In his speech, Shivambu urged local residents to actively engage in politics and work together for positive change. His words serve as a reminder that political parties, at their core, should cooperate for the betterment of the constituents they represent.
As the nation prepares to bid farewell to King Mangosuthu Buthelezi at his burial on Saturday, Shivambu’s call for unity and resilience resonates deeply. It serves as a fitting tribute to the departed leader, honoring his unwavering dedication to his party and his sense of duty to the people of KwaZulu-Natal.
It is evident that the political landscape of South Africa will be significantly influenced by the collective efforts of various ideological groups. Through fostering cooperation, engaging in constructive dialogue, and building a sense of community, these organizations have the potential to enhance the nation as a whole.
WATCH: EFF Deputy President, Floyd Shivambu telling the IFP not to be crippled by factional fights following the departure of Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi as they will be needed to form a new government after next year’s elections. Shivambu was speaking in Ulundi. @IOL pic.twitter.com/mBqpAs2lCK
— Sihle Mavuso (@ZANewsFlash) September 12, 2023
Floyd Shivambu’s visit to King Buthelezi’s palace serves a dual purpose: it pays homage to the memory of a great leader and underscores the responsibilities of all political leaders to ensure the strength and reliability of the institutions they oversee.