ANC urges IFP chair to defect

2010-01-26 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party has dismissed the ANC’s statements that its national chairwoman, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, should defect to the ruling party because she is being ill-treated.

Speaking during the 98th celebrations at Estcourt on Saturday, ANC national executive committee member and Human Settlement Minister Tokyo Sexwale and the secretary of Cosatu in KZN, Zet Luzipho, said that KaMagwaza-Msibi should join the ANC.

Luzipho said that everyone can see that KaMagwaza-Msibi, who is also the mayor of the Zululand District Municipality, is being abused because she is powerful. He said the tripartite alliance wants her to know that women are ­respected in the ANC, adding that she should “come back home” and join the ruling party.

Sexwale said that KaMagwaza-Msibi should know that in the ANC they love her and she must come back home, adding that she is being ill-treated by the IFP.

KaMagwaza-Msibi has been at the centre of succession squabbles that threaten to tear the IFP apart following the party’s dismal showing at the April 22 polls last year.

A faction of the IFP’s youth brigade wants KaMagwaza-Msibi to succeed long-standing IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Another faction of the youth brigade and some senior IFP members are backing IFP secretary-general, Musa Zondi, to take the reins from Buthelezi.

The Witness understands that the IFP’s national executive committee met yesterday, but the ANC’s statements were not discussed.

IFP’s national deputy spokesman and member of the KZN Legislature, Thulasizwe Buthelezi, said that the party will not comment on the statements because it has more important things to discuss.

Deputy president of the IFP-aligned student organisation, South African Democratic Students’ Organisation (Sadesmo), Ntuthuko Majozi, said the party and its senior leadership will not lose sleep over the statements.

Former IFP Youth Brigade chairman, Sikhumbuzo Khanyeza, who was suspended by the party as a result of his endorsement of KaMagwaza-Msibi, said the ANC and Cosatu are dragging the national chairwoman’s name through the mud.

“Maybe it is a plan to destabilise the party,” said Khanyeza. He added that the statements were an insult to a senior IFP leader.

 

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