IFP warned about indiscipline

2008-06-29 00:00

INKATHA freedom Party (IFP) secretary-general, Musa Zondi, has issued a stern warning against the growing “culture of indiscipline” within the party ranks, saying the IFP should not imitate what is happening within the ANC.

Zondi was speaking in Pietermaritzburg yesterday at the close of the IFP’s elective provincial conference.

Triggering Zondi’s outburst were the actions of a group of IFP youths who, as Zondi approached the podium, burst into a song calling for him to lead the party.

“You might think you impress me, but you do not. In fact, you are making me despair about the party. Do not imitate what the ANC Youth League is doing. This is not the culture of the IFP,” Zondi said angrily.

Zondi is one of the leaders tipped to succeed Mangosuthu Buthelezi as IFP president when the latter retires.

He added: “If you start singing and using our names, that is a vote of no confidence in your leader, the president of the party”.

Meanwhile, addressing the conference on Saturday, Buthelezi said his retirement is an internal matter.

“People must not bother so much about the actual date of my retirement. That is a matter between me and the party … I will not be the leader of the IFP ad infinitum.”

He lambasted KZN premier and former provincial chairman of the ANC, Sbu Ndebele, for suggesting that he take a leaf from his, Ndebele’s, book and step down as IFP leader.

“I was surprised that [Ndebele] was posturing as if he had any choice about leaving his position as leader of the ANC in this province … He had no choice. There is no one who doesn’t know how he has been treated by the youth and adult members of his party in this province.

“I found it strange that such a person should now give me and the IFP gratuitous advice.”

Buthelezi added that he has tried to step down from his position, but was prevented from doing so by IFP members.

Buthelezi also urged his supporters to work hard and seize power from the ANC provincial government after next year’s election.

He warned that the elections will be make or break for his party and other opposition parties in the country.

“If the IFP and other opposition parties do not close the gap numerically with the ruling party, we are in danger of moving to a de facto elective dictatorship.

“The opposition needs muscle to take the ANC on in Parliament and the country.”

bmbanjwa@witness.co.za

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