Durban district of IFP declares UDI

2010-09-06 00:00

EXPELLED Durban North central constitutuency chairperson of the Inkatha Freedom Party Mzonjani Zulu has declared the independence of the Durban district from the main party.

At a press briefing yesterday Zulu said the IFP members in the Durban district held a meeting and resolved that they “will respect nobody in the IFP including the president himself. We are independent in Durban and don’t want the president to give us any instructions until he steps down and allows democratic processes to take place.”

Zulu was expelled by the IFP’s disciplinary committee last week for bringing the party into disrepute after he had organised two marches against the IFP national council.

He said yesterday that he does not accept his expulsion from the party because he was not called to give his side of the story.

Zulu said the first he heard about his expulsion was when he was asked to comment by the media. At the time of his expulsion, he said his grouping would be holding a press briefing to announce the way forward. At the press conference yesterday he and his grouping made their declaration of independence.

Zulu was among eight IFP leaders who unsuccessfully tried to secure an interdict in the high court in Durban to force the IFP to hold an elective conference in July this year.

Meanwhile the battle for the soul of the IFP continues and the party staged a march in Durban on Saturday where members declared their support for the party’s president, Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

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