IFP and Magwaza-Msibi face off in court this week

2010-11-01 00:00

THIS Wednesday marks round one between the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and its national chairperson Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, as the two parties face each other in the Pietermaritzbur­g high court.

Magwaza-Msibi is applying for a court order forcing the IFP to refrain from taking disciplinary action against her until the party holds an elective conference.

Last week Magwaza-Msibi secured an interim court interdict that forced the IFP national council meeting on Saturday not to continue with disciplinary action levelled against her.

Reports had been circulating last week that Magwaza-Msibi would be expelled or suspended from the IFP, after this weekend’s much awaited national council.

In a statement issued by IFP national spokesperson Musa Zondi after the meeting, he said the national council resolved to reconvene at a later date to afford Magwaza-Msibi an opportunity “to appraise the party of her version of events that have led to widespread divisions in the organisation”.

Zondi said this decision was reached because Magwaza-Msibi “did not honour the invitation and the opportunity to clear her name”.

“The national council regrets her failure to attend, as it is committed to giving the national chairperson a fair hearing.”

According to sources, Magwaza-Msibi is expected to apply for an order at Wednesday’s court appearance, which will force the IFP to refrain from any disciplinary action against her until a national elective conference is held.

In the affidavit, she has for the first time availed herself for any position, including that of president, should her name be raised for candidature.

On November 12, 2010, the Pietermaritzburg high court will hear another IFP matter in which Magwaza-Msibi and other IFP leaders will call for a court order forcing the party to hold an elective conference within one month, which must be monitored by an independent organisation.

The IFP was supposed to hold an elective conference in July last year, but due to internal squabbles within the party, the conference had been postponed on several occasions, until July this year.

The extended national council then decided to postpone the conference indefinitely.

Magwaza-Msibi is represented by well-respected KZN lawyer Advocate Kemp J. Kemp, who was president Jacob Zuma’s lawyer when he faced corruption charges.

Thousands of Magwaza-Msibi supporters are expected at court following a call to attend during a prayer meeting held for Magwaza-Msibi at Durban’s Carlton Hostel, and during a community meeting called by expelled uMtshezi mayor Maliyakhe Shelembe in Estcourt yesterday.

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