‘We don’t back Magwaza-Msibi’

2011-01-26 11:40

The IFP’s student wing today denied backing the National Freedom Party (NFP), after one of its leaders was linked to the IFP breakaway party.

“The claim that we are part of the new party is a blatant lie,” SA Democratic Students’ Movement (Sadesmo) president Ntutuko Majozi said.

Former Inkatha Freedom Party chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi and her backers unveiled their new party in Durban yesterday.

One of the new party’s prominent members is Andile Biyela, a Mangosuthu University of Technology student representative council president who contested recent student elections as a Sadesmo member.

Majozi denied claims Sadesmo had thrown its weight behind the new party.

“Firstly, Biyela does not speak for Sadesmo. Biyela is merely a branch official making statements without the endorsement or support of any Sadesmo structures and its national executive council,” he said.

The party’s constitution was also very clear on Sadesmo’s political allegiance.

“Clause 30.4 unambiguously states the movement shall be an IFP youth brigade affiliate and shall further the aims and objectives of the IFP within educational institutions, and shall promote and implement the IFP’s education policy at all levels.”

He said the history of breakaway parties in South Africa showed the NFP would not survive.

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