Four IFP youth members expelled

2009-08-04 00:00

DESPITE their expulsion from the party this past weekend at the party’s national council in Ulundi, four members of the Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade have vowed to continue advocating for change in the leadership, which they believe was largely to blame for the party’s failure during the national government election in April.

Irvin Barnes, Skhumbuzo Khanyeza, Simphiwe Buthelezi and Hlengiwe Mthiyane were expelled from the party, allegedly for ill-discipline. They were suspended in May this year after they called for a new leadership.

They were accused of voicing their concerns in the media rather than via the party leadership, and also allegedly refused to attend a meeting with the IFP senior leadership. This led to their suspension and their subsequent dismissal.

Khanyeza said although he had not received anything formal about his expulsion, he could confirm that he had indeed been stripped of his party membership. He said: “There was a national council meeting at the weekend, and although we were not part of it, we were told that we had been expelled.”

He said it was not surprising that they had been expelled from the party in this manner. “Even when we were suspended, we were suspended verbally and the letter came only two weeks later.”

Khanyeza vowed that they will not join another party nor will they waiver from their demands. “Just because things are not well at your home you don’t suddenly dump them to join another family, you try to fix things,” he said.

Barnes also confirmed that he had been expelled from the party. He said they will, however, “fight outside the system until things in the party became right”. He said the leadership that expelled them is exactly the one that they felt was no longer good for the party.

The IFP national general secretary Musa Zondi, however, denied that the youth had been expelled from the party, saying their case was “still in progress”.

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