ANCWL: ‘No place for women in the IFP’

2010-02-03 00:00

THE ANC Women’s League in KZN has questioned the redeployment of the IFP’s national chairperson, Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, to the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature.

In a statement yesterday, the league said there is only one conclusion to be drawn from the decision of the IFP’s national council to redeploy Magwaza-Msibi, and that is that “there is no place for women in the IFP, period”.

Magwaza-Msibi is at the centre of a leadership battle. The IFP Youth Brigade nominated her in November to succeed party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, but she and secretary-general Musa Zondi have stated they will not accept nominations to lead the party.

ANCWL provincial chairperson Thandi Gcabashe said that after tiptoeing around the subject for a week, the IFP finally made the announcement that the Zululand mayor will be moved to the KZN Legislature.

“This despite membership wishes for Magwaza-Msibi to remain in her position as mayor of the Zululand District Municipality,” she said. “The decision proves a long-held suspicion that there is indeed a ceiling for wo­men within IFP ranks.

“Scores of brilliant women have disappeared within the IFP or left the party over the past decade.” She said these women had cited a number of reasons, including a lack of support and mentorship, limited room for growth and development and a general lack of respect for women.

She asked what had happened to the likes of aspiring young IFP leaders such as Sibusisiwe Ngubane, Linda Hlongwa and Zandile Myeni.

Gcabashe called on women and youth within the IFP to jump ship and join the ANC.

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