IFP women’s leader replaced

2011-02-21 07:23

Thembi Nzuza has been replaced as a leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party Women’s Brigade (IFPWB) barely a week after her party removed her from the eThekwini Municipality’s executive committee.

“I can confirm that I have been replaced by Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa who will be the acting national chairwoman of the IFPWB,” said Nzuza this morning.

Nzuza has lost three crucial positions in less than five months. She was also removed as the IFP caucus leader in the eThekwini Municipality late last year.

The Witness reported today that Nzuza was replaced as the IFPWB leader and eThekwini Municipality executive member because of ill health.

“It is true that I was not okay in January but I have since recovered,” said Nzuza.

She refused to say how she felt about her party’s decisions.

Nzuza was last year summoned to appear before the party’s disciplinary committee for comments she made on her Facebook page.

She had written on her Facebook page that it was a pity she could not implement what she had learned during her leadership course in Sweden because her party was facing a crisis.

There is a perception in some quarters that she has links with the IFP breakaway party, the National Freedom Party (NFP) led by former IFP national chairwoman, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi. Nzuza has on several occasions distanced herself from the NFP.

IFP national organiser, Albert Mncwango was not immediately available to comment on Nzuza’s replacement.

Meanwhile The Mercury reported that 104 IFP councillors have defected to the NFP.

The paper quoted Geoffrey Bhengu, chairman of the IFP’s political oversight committee saying that the number of IFP councillors who defected to NFP had increased to 104 over the weekend.

Bhengu had confirmed that the councillors had joined the NFP, the paper said.

Dr Bhekisisa Mthethwa, the IFP chairperson in the uThungulu district was announced as the new IFP national chairman following Magwaza-Msibi’s departure.

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