Magwaza-msibi left because ‘she was power hungry’

2011-04-02 12:16

It was not correct that former IFP national chairperson left the party because of the lack of democracy in the IFP, IFP women’s wing president said today.

“She [Zanele Magwaza-Msibi] left Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) because she was power hungry. It is not true that she left because there is no democracy in the IFP,” said IFP Women’s Brigade national chairperson, Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa.

She was speaking during the IFP national local government elections campaign launch at Lindelani outside Durban.

Magwaza-Msibi left the IFP early this year to form breakaway party, the National Freedom Party (NFP), following fierce lobbying for the IFP’s top post which caused serious ructions and the postponement of the elective conference.

IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi was expected to deliver the key note address.

He is to tell IFP members what the party expected them to do ahead of the elections.

The IFP is expected to face a tough challenge during the elections not only from its breakaway party, but also from the ANC.

The ANC, which performed badly during the first local government elections in 1996, was now almost “neck and neck” with the IFP in KwaZulu-Natal.

The IFP controlled 32 municipalities while the ANC ran 29.

Local government elections take place on May 18.

The ruling party had gained some municipalities through the controversial floor-crossing which allowed councillors to jump ship without losing their seats.

The floor-crossing legislation had since been abolished.

The IFP was also facing the challenge of growing ANC support in KwaZulu-Natal since 1994.

The IFP lost the province to the ANC in 2004 after governing it for two terms.

It was also announced during the ANC national general council last week that the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal registered the biggest membership growth in the country between 2007 and last year.

The NFP also claims to have stolen thousands of IFP members to its fold.

Magwaza-Msibi recently said her party had already welcomed nearly 200 councillors from the IFP.

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