PRESS STATEMENT BY
PRINCE MANGOSUTHU BUTHELEZI MP
PRESIDENT OF THE INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY
The IFP has been subjected to a great deal of propaganda over the years with the intention of confusing the electorate and damaging our reputation. Our leaders are generally targeted for campaigns of misinformation.
This morning’s fake news about the Mayor of Zululand District Municipality is another example. The Mayor has clearly not been arrested, as some news outlets are announcing. Nor is he appearing in the Mahlabathini Magistrate’s Court today. We are in Mahlabathini together attending a municipal event.
Disseminating fake news is a serious indictment on the ethical integrity of news outlets. Those responsible are now trying to backtrack, claiming that they did not name the Mayor. But the reference to a senior IFP official has left no one in any doubt as to who has supposedly been arrested.
Indeed, the Minister of Police himself has asked our National Chairperson to assure me that there is absolutely no basis whatsoever to the news that the Mayor of Zululand has been arrested.
Surely that puts the matter to rest.
The Hon. Mr Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
IFP National Spokesperson
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