The IFP has expressed shock at the news of the arrest of its Mayor of Endumeni Municipality on allegations of attempting to assassinate the Speaker of the same Municipality. In a statement just issued by the party, IFP Deputy National Spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko stated;
“It is with shock and deep disappointment that the IFP has received the news that Mayor Mbatha of an IFP-led Endumeni Municipality was arrested on allegations of attempting to assassinate the Speaker of the same Municipality, who is also an IFP leader herself.
“As a matter of principle, we to categorically state that as the IFP, we abhor any act of using violence to resolve whatever issues the people may have.
“The IFP is fully aware that we are talking about allegations for now. As such, we cannot pass any judgment on anyone implicated. However, what worries the IFP more is the fact that these allegations implicate a leader who is supposed to be exemplary. As a party we view this in a very serious light. Consequently, as the IFP, we have begun our internal processes towards understanding what happened with a view to taking appropriate steps.
“We however wish to applaud the police for acting swiftly to prevent what may have been yet another politically-motivated murder. We also urge all law-enforcement agencies to quickly bring this matter to its conclusion for the sake of all involved and also for the sake of our country.
M. Joshua Mazibuko
IFP Deputy National Spokesperson
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