Expelled Mcoyi vows to challenge IFP leadership

2010-05-11 00:00

AFTER being expelled from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) for leading a city march in support of IFP national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, the party’s defiant Wiseman Mcoyi is now challenging the legitimacy of the IFP leadership that expelled him at the weekend.

In an interview with The Witness yesterday, Mcoyi confirmed he was present at an IFP disciplinary hearing on Sunday, convened by the party’s national council, where he was found guilty of bringing the IFP into disrepute.

Two weeks ago the former MPL led a group of IFP supporters that marched and blocked Langalibalele Street in Pietermaritzburg during the swearing-in ceremony of Magwaza-Msibi. They were protesting her deployment to the legislature from being Zululand District Municipality Mayor, which they claimed was done without consultation with the membership.

During the march, Mcoyi addressed the crowd and complained against certain IFP leaders who are corrupt and are “deadwood” within the party, saying that Magwaza-Msibi should be the party’s next president because of her hard work.

Mcoyi said yesterday he will challenge the leaders that expelled him on the grounds that they are “illegitimate”, as the IFP was supposed to hold an elective conference more than nine months ago, but the party’s national council kept postponing it. The elective conference has again been postponed to July 23.

Relating the story of his expulsion, Mcoyi said: “I went with my lawyer to the hearing … whereby I was accused of bringing the party into disrepute through my support for the national chairperson, even though she had declared her non-availability to contest the IFP presidency post.

“I did not distance myself from media reports that I, indeed said that they were lazy and corrupt leaders in the party. After being found guilty, I said I accept the finding and hoped that there was going to be justice on the sentencing, but they said I am being expelled with immediate effect.”

Mcoyi reiterated that, as far as he was concerned, the national council that tried and expelled him was no longer legitimate and that, before the end of this week, he will lodge papers with the High Court to apply for his reinstatement.

The veteran IFP leader said he was saddened about his expulsion because he still believes that he was legitimate in his support for Magwaza-Msibi.

IFP national organiser Albert Mncwango confirmed Mcoyi’s expulsion and said he was given a chance to plead his case before the national council reached that decision.

“After reasonable deliberations, we decided that party’s code of conduct were severely transgressed by Mcoyi and the only suitable sanction was expulsion from the party,” Mncwango said, emphasising that the decision was final.

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