ANC denies offering IFP chairwoman a job

2011-01-26 09:22

The ANC has denied rumours that it had offered former Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) chairwoman Zanele Magwaza-Msibi a job.

Neither did the ruling party mobilise KwaZulu-Natal youth to destabilise the opposition party’s strongholds.

This is a “faceless” hoax letter, the ANC said in a statement yesterday evening.

“The ANC dismisses with the strongest contempt any allegation contained in a hoax letter, from some faceless quarters, who have come up with a political concoction claiming that the departure of former IFP leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi is as a result of ANC involvement,” sai spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

Mthembu said the ANC and the IFP should do their “utmost to unmask the originators” of the letter and find out their intentions.

“At no stage did the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC ever discuss the recruitment of Mrs Magwaza-Msibi and her followers to its ranks.

“At no stage did the NEC of the ANC ever offer Mrs Magwaza-Msibi an MEC position in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. At no stage did the NEC of the ANC give any support to Mrs Magwaza-Msibi to address her problems within her party, the IFP.”

He said the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) did not “mobilise the youth to destabilise” strongholds of the IFP through propaganda.

“All these allegations contained in this hoax letter were never ever discussed in any of the ANC or ANCYL structures at national or provincial levels.

“It is very distressing and disingenuous of the IFP leadership while knowing very well the reasons for Mrs Magwaza-Msibi’s departure from their ranks to then put the blame on the ANC, on the basis of a non-credible hoax letter,” Mthembu said.

Magwaza-Msibi announced yesterday that she had cut all ties with the IFP to form a breakaway party, the National Freedom Party.

The organisation, already registered with the Independent Electoral Commission, was expected to be launched on February 12, and aimed to take the Zululand district municipality from the IFP during the elections.

Magwaza-Msibi was Zululand district municipality mayor before she had a fallout with the IFP.

A court attempt by her to force the IFP to hold an elective conference, and to prevent it from taking her to a disciplinary enquiry, failed this week.

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