The IFP Youth Brigade received with great shock the news last week of the arrest of the Mayor of Endumeni, Mr Siboniso Mbatha.
We view the allegations levelled against the Mayor in a very serious light and fully expect the investigation to be finalized speedily and for this matter to be brought a logical conclusion in law.
Furthermore, we expect the Mayor to fully cooperate with the investigation.
We fully align ourselves with the statement issued by the mother body last week when these news broke and further reiterate our disappointment in this regard.
The disregard for human life which has characterised the political landscape of KwaZulu-Natal is totally unacceptable and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms.
Violence has never resolved anything.
The IFP NEC, of which the IFPYB is a part of, thoroughly dealt with this matter in its meeting of Monday, 28 May 2018 and the decisions taken therein will be communicated in due course. Accordingly, the IFPYB fully supports the steps being taken by the Party with regards to this matter.
Whilst Mr Mbatha is a member of the IFPYB, his deployment is the prerogative of the Party and as such his conduct and performance will be fully dealt with by the Party and at an appropriate time the IFPYB will make further representations to the Party.
Without any fear or favour the IFPYB is committed to upholding the rule of law and the Constitution of the IFP.
Hot on the heels of the cowardly killing of our late Comrade Sbuyiselo Dlamini earlier this month, the allegations against the Mayor are therefore adding salt to a gaping wound.
Violence in whatever manner it manifests itself must be punished.
Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson
071 111 0539