IFP mayors ‘have work cut out to beat ANC’

2010-12-08 00:00

THE Inkatha Freedom Party inaugurated a mayors’ forum yesterday to get leaders of IFP-run municipalities to discuss common concerns and prepare for the 2011 local government election.

In his address to the gathering in Durban yesterday, party leader Dr Mangosuthu Buthelezi spoke about the difficult year experienced by the IFP.

Referring to Virginia Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, whose followers support her as party leader against Buthelezi, he said: “We have yet to halt the spread of the ‘Friends of VZ’ virus that has tainted so many of our councillors and municipalities.

“The goats are not yet separated from the sheep, and it is difficult to know who is on board with strengthening the IFP, uniting our party and growing our support base; and who is in it for the glory, the status or the money.”

Buthelezi said that as a result of the party’s difficulties, he is struggling to decide whether to continue to lead it.

“Our national council has asked me to consider doing this, and our youth and women’s structures, as well as Sadesmo [the party’s students’ movement], have confirmed their support for my continued leadership,” he said.

“Although I am old, I am not tired. I have not lost a single iota of passion for this party I founded 35 years ago,” Buthelezi said.

He noted that the ANC has launched a powerful election campaign and set its sights on taking over IFP-controlled municipalities. He warned the mayors that IFP members would have their work cut out to retain their municipalities.

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