[LISTEN] Right of Reply: IFP on the legacy of Mangosuthu Buthelezi

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has challenged a series of arguments made by political scientist and author Richard Pithouse on Mangosuthu Buthelezi's role in South Africa's political history, especially during apartheid.

In his analysis on the Eusebius McKaiser Show this week, Pithouse shared how the IFP leader's political legacy was linked to the violence of the 1980s and 1990s, providing historical detail of Buthelezi's collaboration with the apartheid state.

READ: 'Mangosuthu Buthelezi's collaboration with the apartheid state began in the 50s'

The IFP's national spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa says Pithouse made a number of omissions.

It would be quite malicious to say that there was collaboration when the prince was in fact at the time a member of the ANC Youth League following his expulsion from Fort Hare for activities linked to the ANC, compelling him to write his final papers at the University of Kwazulu-Natal.

Mkhuleko Hlengwa, IFP national spokesperson

If the prince was a collaborator, why was his passport confiscated for nine years by the apartheid regime following his meeting with Mr Tambo in 1963? If the prince was a collaborator as alleged, why would it have been that as far back as following the formation of the AOU, Haile Selassie was the first person to actually receive the prince to discuss issues of the liberation struggle?

Mkhuleko Hlengwa, IFP national spokesperson

Pithouse says the fact that Buthelezi was received by the AOU cannot disputed but makes no difference to what he says is the broader fact of history.

The fact that Jimmy Kruger asked Buthelezi to restrict membership of Inkatha to Zulus, hardly means that it was not an ethnically constituted an chauvinistic constitution. The evidence for that is absolutely overwhelming, it is in historical record, it is in every serious academic study and those of who were there, having grown up in Durban encountered it on numerous occasions.

Richard Pithouse, academic, political scientist and author

Buthelezi himself as a public figure is very much like say Ghandi or Winston Churchill who very much wants to establish his place in the historical record, he doesn't allow critique, there is always letters to editors, attempts to censor books, there is always attempts to sue people, whether it was the TRC...

Richard Pithouse, academic, political scientist and author

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