IFP members’ bid for interdict rejected

2010-07-16 12:48

An application by eight Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) district

leaders to compel the party not to postpone its elective conference has been

dismissed with costs in the Durban High Court.

Judge Dhaya Pillay said there was nothing in the IFP’s constitution

giving party members the right to compel it to hold elections.

IFP district leaders last week applied for an interdict against the

party and its leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi to stop disciplinary action against

members backing chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi to become party

president.

They further wanted the court to compel the party to hold the

elective conference after it was reported that the July 23 event would be

postponed. The court dismissed both bids.

The applicants’ lawyer, Vikela Ntlokwana, agreed there was no

mention in the IFP constitution of members having a right to compel the party to

hold elections.

He said it had become an IFP culture to hold the elective

conference every four years.

It was supposed to have taken place early last year, but was

postponed several times.

Pillay said it was going to be difficult to deal with something not

documented, and that the court would have to resort to oral evidence.

Several Friends of Zanele Magwaza-Msibi members, a group backing

the IFP chairperson for the party’s presidency, had been expelled from the

organisation and had on several occasions accused IFP leaders, including

Buthelezi, of trying to block her bid.

Magwaza-Msibi was expected to face an internal inquiry tomorrow

after the party had raised concerns that she had failed to rebuke her

backers.

Speaking after the ruling, the party’s lawyer, Lourens de Klerk,

said they were vindicated by the ruling.

De Klerk said: “We said from the beginning that we (IFP) did

nothing wrong. This case was a waste of time.”

He said issues raised in the court application were issues that

could be solved politically.

 

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