Msibi backers threaten polls, says Buthelezi

2011-01-21 13:04

Supporters of Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi have threatened to keep people away from polls in this year’s local government elections, the party’s president claimed today.

“It is worrying that her supporters are people who burn the IFP’s flag and threaten to keep people away from the polls,” IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi wrote in his weekly newsletter.

There had been media speculation that Magwaza-Msibi and her supporters could break away from the IFP to form their own party, or join the ANC.

“Is another breakaway party in the interests of democracy? Is it even viable so close to local government elections?” Buthelezi asked.

“She has already warned the public that she will not allow her career to end here.

There is no longer a doubt that she is ambitious, as are the supporters who are advising her,” he said.

Magwaza-Msibi’s backers had betrayed the IFP for ideological reasons, he said.

“A lot of money has changed hands.

Positions have been promised.

Tenders have been given. For those who are riding her coat tails, much rides on the success of Magwaza-Msibi.”

On Monday, the Pietermaritzburg High Court ruled against a bid by Magwaza-Msibi to force the party to hold its elective conference, and prevent it from holding a disciplinary enquiry against her.

Magwaza-Msibi could not immediately be reached for comment.

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