SabreakingNews, 20 January 2014
Durban – Speculation is rife after Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema met with leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Monday. While little has so far been revealed about what went on at that meeting, Malema publicly apologised to Buthelez for comments made in the past, when he was still leader of the ANC Youth League.
“I apologise for unfortunate remarks that were made at the time,” he said.
Malema added that he has been keen to meet with Buthelezi for some time now, and a number of issues had were discussed during the two hour meeting between the leaders.
This meeting has caused some speculation on social media of a possible alliance after the 2014 elections:
— Bheki Mbanjwa (@Bizombanjwa) January 20, 2014
— Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP (@MkhulekoHlengwa) January 20, 2014
Although, if speculation proves true, this would not be the IFP’s only pre-election agreement.
Late last year the Inkatha Freedom Party entered into an agreement with African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), Congress of the People (Cope), the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) and the United Christian Democratic Party.
“The agreement is a commitment that, should we collectively, both at national and provincial level, win enough votes to constitute a majority, a government formed by the Collective for Democracy will prioritise certain agreed upon issues,” said COPE leader Mosioua Lekota at the time.