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Buthelezi says censorship at SABC reminds him of apartheid

Mangosuthu Buthelezi said that South Africa was in need of strong leadership.

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi arrives at the Huntersfield Stadium in Katlehong for the party’s election manifesto. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said that the censorship at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reminded him of the apartheid days when then president, PW Botha, banned coverage of his party.

Buthelezi was addressing party supporters at the Huntersfield Stadium in Katlehong yesterday.

While the stadium was not full, those who were there were excited to see the party leader deliver the party's provincial manifesto.

Buthelezi addressed supporters who came to listen to the party's plans for the province.

He spoke out strongly against censorship at the SABC, saying that the resignation of acting CEO Jimi Matthews proved that the rumours about state interference at the broadcaster were true.

The IFP leader said that it reminded him of the dark days during apartheid.

Buthelezi said South Africa was in need of quality and strong leadership, which was accountable to all citizens.