IFP calls on Cele to provide security for conference

2010-07-17 15:51

Supporters of Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)

national chairperson, have called upon national police commissioner General

Bheki Cele to provide security during the party’s upcoming elective

conference.

“We are asking General Cele to intervene and for the police to be

in charge of security during next week’s elective conference in Ulundi,” said

Mzonjani Zulu, the organiser of a protest march that took place today.

Hundreds of IFP members supporting Magwaza-Msibi marched through

the Durban central business district demanding leadership change in the

party.

Zulu alleged that guns were smuggled into an IFP meeting last week

and the media was barred from attending.

He said Cele should deploy more police at the conference and have

police search the venue before the start of the conference.

People who would be attending the conference next week should

expect anything to happen, Zulu said.

Wearing the party’s branded pants and T-shirts, IFP members began

marching from Botha’s Park, along Dr Pixley Ka Seme Street (formerly West

Street) to Durban’s city hall at noon.

The protesters were carrying knobkerries, sticks and Zulu

traditional shields. And some of their placards read “transformation is due, let

us choose our own government”; “six days left for transformation”; “we need

democracy please”.

Zulu said that IFP members on the ground wanted change and that

they would embark on protests until the current leadership of the IFP listened.

“What is happening here today is only the beginning. The current

leaders in the IFP want to lead until Jesus comes.”

He said people attending the march were only a drop in the ocean

because there were more people who shared the same idea of change.

“They can suspend us, we don’t care. We are not scared. We will

fight until there is change,” said Zulu.

Zulu said that they were not only supporting Magwaza-Msibi, but

that the members wanted change from the national leadership to the

councillors.

“We will support anyone (suitable) for the presidential position,”

said Zulu, adding that members wanted people in the leadership who had a vision

and knew what party members wanted.

Zulu was one of eight IFP district leaders whose court application

to compel the party not to postpone its elective conference was dismissed with

costs in the Durban High Court yesterday.

The eight also wanted the court to stop the party and its leader

Mangosuthu Buthelezi from bringing disciplinary action against members backing

Magwaza-Msibi. The court also dismissed this.

Zulu said more than 50 IFP members backing Magwaza-Msibi had either

been expelled or suspended for openly backing her.

Magwaza-Msibi was expected to face an internal inquiry today after

the party raised concerns that she had failed to rebuke her backers.

 

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