- Date: 21st February 1995
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- City: CAPE TOWN
- Country: South Africa
- Reuters ID: 95FEB21V02
- Story Text:
INKHATHA FREEDOM PARTY UNDER LEADERSHIP OFì
BUTHELEZI WALKING OUT OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY &ì
SUSPENDED THEIR PARTICIPATION IN PARLIAMENTARYì
WORK & IN THE CONSTITUTION-MAKING PROCESS
00.41.01 BUTHELEZI SPEAKING IN PARLIAMENT: "We ofì
the IFP must now seek a new mandate from ourì
constituency & until such mandate is received Iì
think we are duty-bound to suspend our activeì
participation in parliamentary work & in theì
constitution-making and we'll get a new mandate asì
to what to do next week at our conference...untilì
then we leave this chamber."
00.41.21 WALKING OUT
00.42.15 INTERVIEW WITH BUTHELEZI: [after presser]
00.42.24 "No I don't think we could have waitedì
because the impact of the impass only occurred theì
last few days when it was clear that the 3 manì
committee that was set up by Mandela & FW & myselfì
had failed to reach any consensus. We just reachedì
a dead end the last few days..."
00.43.00 "We think it's futile...
00.43.42 "If the Min of Constitutional Developmentì
himself is not sympathetic...don't see any pointì
in continueing to..."
00.44.47 "They don't seemed to be taking the issueì
of international mediation seriously...from theì
word go they were totally against it...
00.45.17 "I'm satisfied now that they don't takeì
00.45.46 "It's up to them [conference] to adviseì
us what to do...ask them for a mandate whether weì
should come back and just continue and forgetì
about intern mediation - it's up to them."
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