IFP claims mass ANC, NFP defections

2011-04-15 00:00

THE National Freedom Party (NFP) and the ANC have lost 82 and 36 members respectively from various parts of the uThukela District to the Inkatha Freedom Party, claimed IFP Mtshezi constituency secretary Mthembeni Majola yesterday.

He said these members are among the huge number who had defected to these parties, and they have realised their mistake and have decided to come back.

“This is a sign that people begin to realise that some so-called leaders are on a mission to enrich themselves and their friends and families at the expense of the poor. These members were obviously misled and made harsh judgments, but now they’ve seen the light,” said Majola.

The NFP’s Maliyakhe Shelembe said the return of the members is just a ploy to divert people’s attention from the fact that the IFP has lost its grip on Uthukela District.

“They [IFP] must know that in 60 days we are already contesting in eight provinces in these local government elections …”

The ANC chief whip in Estcourt, Phiwokwakhe Sokhela, said the defection reports are lies. He said he would be aware if there were any defections from his party in the district.

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