Buthelezi blames inside plotters for party’s woes

2010-08-16 00:00

INKATHA Freedom Party (IFP) faces a mammoth challenge of dealing with it’s internal political squabbles caused by the perceived “Friends of VZ Magwaza-Msibi”, the national chairperson of the party.

This was said by party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi at the party’s Women’s Day celebrations on Saturday.

The event was organised by the party’s Women’s Brigade: Amajuba District at Osizweni Cricket Ground in Newcastle.

Buthelezi said there is a wave of apathy and hopelessness washing over IFP members as the party continues to face internal division challenges.

“Some have simply given up and are … sitting back and waiting for our fortunes to change.

“I know that the Women’s Brigade in Amajuba is facing serious difficulties. Our structures here have been temporarily dismantled because of the chaos in our ranks which left our leaders and councillors at loggerheads,” Buthelezi said.

He accused certain members of convening “clandestine meetings” to brew the anarchy among party leaders.

“The very first subversive document was drafted at a meeting which took place at Nando’s in Newcastle and this and other meetings have resulted in a tragic division amongst our councillors, some of whom proudly align themselves with “the Friends of VZ Magwaza-Msibi”.

He said he was proud to be part of the celebration as he believes that women are the backbone of the IFP.

Shenge later directed his missiles at the media, accusing journalists of being anti-Buthelezi.

However, he briefly acknowledged the SABC news for covering his address at the Women’s Day celebration in Ulundi last Monday.

“When it comes to the media, we know we are facing all kinds of sabotage and dirty tricks.

“I have never been one to play to the media. But in this treacherous climate we need to be as wise as serpents, while being as gentle as doves,” he said.

He encouraged women of the IFP to promote development, start co-operatives, educate other women, impart life skills, talk about HIV/Aids, share childcare responsibilities, plant vegetable gardens, become water-wise, assist the elderly and encourage young girls to pursue education and healthy lifestyle choices.

Buthelezi acknowledged that the party’s internal political wrangling has distracted IFP leadership from the purpose and mission of the party.

IFP Women’s Brigade spokesperson in Amajuba District, Sonto Ntombela, said they strive to uplift needy families irrespective of political affiliation.

She said top leadership should deal with the party’s political squabbles and that members should not forget where the party is coming from.

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